Equity Data Collection: Please Participate

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

On July 13 the following email was shared with graduate students


To: Waterloo students

FromJames W.E. Rush, vice-president, academic & provost and Jean Becker, senior director, Indigenous initiatives and interim associate vice-president, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Subject: This email is for information and action


This week, we are excited to remind all students and employees to participate in Waterloo’s Equity Survey. We are gathering this data as part of our commitment to support our equity goals.

We need to hear from you. Adding your voice to the equity data collected will help create a more complete picture of who is among our campus community members.

By taking part in the survey, you will help us identify equity gaps in programs, services, and policies to better meet the needs of underrepresented and equity-deserving students, faculty, and staff. The survey is completely voluntary. If you have not yet completed the survey, you will receive a unique link this week.

You have complete control over how much information you choose to share and are free to add or remove information when invited to complete survey updates. The equity data will not include any personally identifying information and data will only appear in summary reports.

If you have questions about the survey including what kind of data we are collecting and how the survey was developed, please browse the Frequently Asked Questions.

Your participation will lead to creating opportunities for positive change now and in the future.

What’s next?

This equity survey, along with other data and information, will allow Waterloo to monitor progress in achieving strategic goals and evaluate the success of equity-based initiatives. The initial data gathering was initiated mid-June and will continue into the fall. We expect that our first public status report will be available later this year.

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