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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

You can also forward your questions to  sankofa@uwaterloo.ca.

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 season of the Amplify Podcast is a dedicated platform for University of Waterloo students to openly discuss the challenges they face in navigating academia while holding marginalized identities. This space is one to honour their journeys, discover supports and allow those of us at the margins to see our stories centered.

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. “The Cluster Hiring Initiative, tuition waiver, and the integration of pronouns into the University data systems are 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 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. 

Watch this short video on 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 the Employee Equity Census on 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 Curve with Christopher is a podcast series hosted by Dr. Christopher S. Taylor, associate vice-president of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism, which features discussions about sports and its intersections with race, history, culture, and society. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Recognizing Emancipation Day

Following years of campaigning by Black lawmakers and community advocates, in 2021, the government of Canada federally recognized August 1, as Emancipation Day, and the month of August, as Emancipation Month.

While it was less than 200 years ago, in 1834, that the British Empire ended the practice of slavery in the former British colonies, which included Canada, many Canadians are unaware that Black and Indigenous peoples were once enslaved here.