Staff

Conversations about gender equity can be challenging. Not only are there lots of ways that gender inequities can manifest, often making the discussion fractured and complicated, but the personal responsibilities each of us have for collective injustice, and the important real-life impacts of gender inequity can make productive dialogue fraught with dispositional barriers to success.

There are many responsibilities we have as knowers. The responsibility to share accurate information is one responsibility, but not the only one. In this talk, we will explore the connections between Miranda Fricker's work on epistemic injustice and the ways that it can manifest in academic settings.

Monday, December 4, 2023

A Pan-African Literary Movement

From September 25, 2023, to November 24, 2023, the UWaterloo’s Sankofa Network for Transformative Community Research (SNTCR), in collaboration with the University of Waterloo Library, embarked on a mission to enrich the Sankara Pan-African Library. The resounding success of our Book Drive was made possible by the generous contributions and collective efforts of our vibrant community. We are thrilled to share that a total of 48 books were donated to this initiative.

The impact of these contributions extends far beyond the pages of a single book. By supporting the Sankara Pan-African Library, we are participating in a movement that strengthens communities and amplifies subaltern voices while pursing the decolonization of knowledge.

This year’s Employee Equity Census (previously known as the Equity Survey) has launched in Workday. 

The goal of the census is to continue an ongoing confidential collection of socio-demographic data to better understand the composition of the UWaterloo community and to inform equity initiatives across the institution. Data from this year’s census will begin to be compiled in September 2023. 

The first survey was launched in June 2021 via email to almost 50,000 students, faculty, and staff, and achieved a 26 per cent student participation rate and a 46 per cent employee participation rate. The census will be administered to employees via Workday.  

“Data from the previous census resulted in impactful changes, proving that data-focused initiatives like this inform the direction of our institution and bring us closer as a community,” Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Christopher Taylor and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer Michelle Hollis wrote in a recent communication to leaders. “TheCluster Hiring Initiative,tuition waiver, and theintegration of pronouns into the University data systemsare all positive outcomes of the information collected from the previous census.” 

The Employee Equity Census will take only a few minutes to complete. Please participate at your earliest convenience because data collection for this year’s annual report will close on October 31, 2023. 

Learn more about the Employee Equity Census on theEquity Data Strategywebsite. If you have any questions about the census, its methodology and how its data is used, you can emailanalysis@uwaterloo.ca. 

Watch this shortvideoon how to access the Employee Equity Census in Workday or follow the steps below. 

1. Click the link that was sent to you in the UWaterloo’s Employee Equity Census email or click the link below: 

https://wd3.myworkday.com/uwaterloo/d/task/2997$12683.htmld 

2. Login to Workday.

The Workday Login screen.

3. The Create Request textbox will appear. Click on the Request Type drop- down menu.

The Create Request window.

4. Select All.

The Create Request window showing "Select All."

5. Select Employee Equity Census and then click OK.

The window showing "Equity Census."

Learn more about theEmployee Equity Censuson the Equity Data Strategy website. If you have any questions about the census, its methodology and how its data is used, you can email analysis@uwaterloo.ca.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-R) and the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO) are collaborating to bring Active Bystander Intervention Training to staff and faculty. Participants will be provided with the skills and resources to intervene when they see harmful, or potentially harmful, behaviour which includes racism, sexual violence, and other forms of harm.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-R) and the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO) are collaborating to bring Active Bystander Intervention Training to staff and faculty. Participants will be provided with the skills and resources to intervene when they see harmful, or potentially harmful, behaviour which includes racism, sexual violence, and other forms of harm.