Questions about studying at Waterloo as an Indigenous student?

Alex DeGagne (he/him)

Indigenous Recruitment and Partnership Specialist
Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment

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  • on and off-campus resources,
  • available scholarships,
  • visiting campus and meeting our Indigenous community,
  • applying to Waterloo, or
  • anything in between!

Get to know Alex

What I love about my job...

I love the travel I get to do for my job. Being able to visit high schools in Ontario and talk with students about what they are excited about and some of the challenges they face helps me assist students with a variety of questions. It helps me to understand the diverse background that many Indigenous students come from and builds my knowledge.

What I love most about Waterloo...

Waterloo is going through exceptional Indigenous growth on campus through amazing staff, new hires, events such as the commitment ceremony, and more. I love how everyone works so hard to make the student experience as enjoyable as possible.

How has my background led me here...

I have a mixed background of Indigenous and European ancestry. My father's side of the family is from Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nations, located near Fort Frances, Ontario, and my mother's side of the family has roots back in Europe. I didn't grow up in the community, I grew up in Ottawa where I learned most of my Indigenous knowledge through my father's work and attending different events. Now that I have been in an Indigenous role for some years now, it has allowed me to explore more of my culture.

What I want all students to know...

I want to see all of our Indigenous students be successful. I want you to take the knowledge you have learned at Waterloo and bring that back to your community. I want you to love and enjoy your time at Waterloo and I, along with my colleagues, are here to make that experience the best it can possibly be.