Friday, December 2, 2011 (all day)

Mental health disorders may affect any one of us. In Canada, mental and behavioural disorders account for as much as 25 percent of reported workplace diseases and injury. The most serious impediment to sound treatment and/or accommodation is our collective lack of understanding.

This is a day dedicated to bringing us all to a common knowledge of mental illnesses, where to get help, how to help others, and what our collective responsibilities are as members of the university community.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 — 12:00 PM EDT

Alison Kemper (York University) lead a discussion about LGBTQQ* issues as they relate to the University in a changing society.

An initiative of the Status of Women and Equity Committee (SWEC), with the support of the Faculty Association (FAUW), Staff Association (UWSA), the Staff Excellence Fund (SEF), and GLOW (student 'Queer and Questioning Community Centre'), this was the second of a series of informal get-togethers for LGBTQQ faculty, staff, students, and their allies.

Monday, October 3, 2011 — 8:00 PM EDT
Poster for 2011 Hagey Lecture. The title "how did mathematics become possible?" is in white on a blue background on the top half of the poster. Event details and a jumble of green letters are on a white background in the bottom half.

How come human beings can do mathematics? The question involves, among so many other things, capacities that have, presumably, arisen through natural selection, and discoveries of how to use those capacities, discoveries made at particular times and places in human history. We should see both as part of a broader series of questions about how this organism, on a planet like Earth, was able to become a mathematical animal, probably the only one in the universe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 — 3:30 PM EDT
Shari Graydon Informed Opinions event poster

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo Status of Women and Equity Committee hosted a public lecture by Shari Graydon entitled Informed Opinions: Causes and Consequences of the Gender Gap in Public Discourse (or The Top 7 Reasons Smart Women Should Speak Up!).Shari Graydon is an award-winning author, journalist and communications consultant with 20 years of experience on both sides of the media microphone.