Asian Heritage Month


A message from Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor

Asian Heritage Month offers us the opportunity to pay special attention to the vital roles our community members of Asian heritage play in the success of our institution, while also recognizing the important work needed to eliminate anti-Asian racism, and all forms of racism, on our campuses.  

Our recent equity survey noted that close to 50 per cent of our student population had Asian heritage, and we also have a large Asian community represented within our staff and faculty. Across UWaterloo people from a wide variety of Asian cultures and backgrounds are contributing to every aspect of life in our shared community. We have a notable Asian community represented within our staff and faculty, and Asian researchers are doing world-leading work across every faculty, and many leadership positions are held by Asian faculty members and staff. Community members from a wide variety of Asian cultures and backgrounds are contributing to every aspect of life in our shared community. 

Our stories

Read about our students, researchers and alumni who are making a difference.

Helping people see

School of Optometry & Vision Science celebrates a historic gift that will expand access to low vision rehabilitation services in Waterloo region

Building a bridge between two cultures through a beloved game

Jennifer Guo and her husband reimagine the centuries-old game of Mahjong as a tribute to their grandmothers

Gautam Kamath among eight Canada CIFAR AI Chairs named Vector Institute Faculty Member

Research allows important insights to be obtained from data while preserving privacy of sensitive personal information

Doing the right thing

Guided by faith, entrepreneur Majid Mirza helps investors and private companies create sustainable impact together

Welcoming 100,000+ newcomers to Canada

Judge Albert Wong remembers what it feels like to be a child, and to leave behind everything you know, to start a new home in Canada

Waterloo hosts Indonesian ambassador for Canadian kick-off of FINCAPES climate partnership

FINCAPES is a multi-stakeholder feminist initiative, and a collaboration with Indonesia, enabling climate adaptation and conservation of biodiversity

Going the distance

Waterloo alumn brings a decade of student experience to her innovation work

A role model for math – and life

Anita Layton is building math models to get lifesaving treatments to people faster

A rising star

Undergraduate student Sarah Wilson making an impact... in her first term

Supporting today's parents

(Podcast) Swati Matta started Koble to provide new and expectant parents with credible information and support.

The future of work is human

(Podcast) Brigette Lau is a mother, poker player and co-founder of venture capital firm Firework Ventures

Alumni groups