The Equity Committee (formerly the Status of Women and Equity Committee, or "SWEC") is concerned with equity issues at Waterloo, in line with the protected grounds of Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
The committee engages in education and advocacy activities to promote equity on campus, maintains a watching brief on equity issues, and makes recommendations to the Faculty Association Board of Directors about policy changes to pursue. Read more about the committee in its terms of reference.
Weizhen Dong (Sociology and Legal Studies)
Faculty Association staff support
The Equity Committee strives for representation across all faculties and aims to have members who identify as or advocate for underrepresented groups.
You are welcome to contact committee members about the committee's work or equity concerns.
|Weizhen Dong, Chair||Sociology and Legal Studies|
|Melanie Campbell||Physics and Astronomy|
|Frankie Condon||English Language and Literature|
|Judith Koeller||Faculty of Mathematics|
|Daphne McCulloch||Optometry and Vision Science|
|Kim Nguyen||Drama and Speech Communication|
|Omar Ramahi||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Michael Wallace||Statistics and Actuarial Science|
|Nancy Worth||Geography and Environmental Management|
The Equity Committee provides feedback on a range of University policies, procedures, and initiatives, both directly and through the Faculty Association.
EC response to the Course Evaluation Project Team's draft report (PDF) – January 16, 2017
The Equity Committee [SWEC at the time] has made specific recommendations to help address concerns highlighted in the Course Evaluation Project Team (CEPT) report as well as additional concerns raised by the campus community. Our primary concerns focus on bias.
On the Salary Anomalies Report and Response (PDF) – January 6, 2017
The Equity Committee commends excellent work by the salary anomalies working group and recommends further actions to address systemic bias.
The Equity Committee has active working groups addressing the following areas:
- Accessibility and accommodations
- Healthy workplace
- Equity and diversity in hiring, retention and leadership
- Policies 33 (ethical behaviour) and 42 (sexual violence)
- Racial and cultural minorities on campus
- Salary anomalies
The committee also has internal working groups relating to its membership and operations.
The Equity & Inclusivity Award
The award is a celebration of excellence in equity, inclusivity, and diversity. Inaugurated in 2012, the award recognizes a member or affiliate of the University of Waterloo community whose actions have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving equity, inclusivity, and/or diversity at the University of Waterloo.
We sponsor events on campus, including W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays), a monthly gathering of woman-identified and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty.
Join the Equity Committee
Serving on Status of Women & Equity Committee (SWEC) entails:
- Attending monthly meetings from September through June.
- Contributing to one or more working groups.
- Providing feedback on issues and initiatives in meetings and via email as they arise.
- Being a voting member of the Faculty Association.
Members typically join for a renewable two-year term. Calls for new members are posted each spring. The 2018 application period closed May 30.