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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

We’re here to work with students, faculty and staff to advance anti-racism and equity through evidence-based policies, practices and programs.

Our goals based on the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Lead and facilitate culture change

Goal 2: Ensure EDI-R leadership is centralized, accessible and accountable

Goal 3: Increase the sustainability of the EDI-R Unit on and off campus

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On International Women's Day, the call is extended to all of us: To inspire inclusion by openly embracing diversity irrespective of race, age, ability and gender. 

UWaterloo's dedication to fostering an inclusive campus necessitates addressing the systemic barriers around gender equity. On this International Women's Day, it is essential that we actively engage in understanding these challenges to collectively build an institution that fosters a community valuing diversity and respect for everyone, mitigating the impact of gender inequity on our campus. 

On January 18, the Princess Twin Cinema became the stage for an interactive screening of Stephen King’s 'Carrie,' marking a unique approach to sparking conversations around menstruation and challenging societal taboos. The event was hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti Racism, the Women’s Centre and Changing the Flow, and was a captivating intersection of horror cinema and societal discourse. 

Are you a Black graduate student registered full-time in a doctoral program at UWaterloo? The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism is accepting applications for the “Black Graduate Students EDI-RO Award” until January 15, 2024. To access the application and for details on eligibility please visit our web page

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Friday, June 21, 2024 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Reusable product distribution drop

As part of the Menstrual Equity project at UWaterloo, we will be providing free reusable and sustainable menstrual products to students, faculty and staff on June 21 from 10am – 3pm. Register today to pickup your kit in the EDI-R office of Period Aisle brand reusable menstrual cups, pads, and underwear.

Friday, June 21, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Inclusive Menstruation: Understanding Trans Experiences

A part of the Menstrual Equity Lunch and Learn series

Join transgender therapist and educator, Washington Silk (they/them), as they talk about menstruation and trans folks! In this special Pride Month edition of our Menstrual Equity Lunch and Learn series we’ll learn more about the complex relationship between menstruation and trans bodies.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Unlearning the Binary

This workshop aims to help students, faculty, and staff understand the historical and contemporary forms of oppression that impact trans and non-binary Black, Indigenous, and racialized identities.