Faculty Advocates profiles

Jim Wallace AHS Faculty Advocate

Jim Wallace

Applied Health Sciences Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Everybody deserves an opportunity to realize their potential, regardless of their gender, age, disability, country of origin, or religion. It is important to me that Waterloo provides these opportunities to everyone, and serves as a model to others across Canada and globally for equal access to education. 

Riemer Faber Arts Faculty Advocate

Riemer Faber

Arts Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Recently I taught an ARTS140 course called Belonging and Isolation in which we explored topics such as community and individual, and integration and exclusion in the social discourse of classical antiquity. Not only did the course expose numerous inequalities in the past, but it also promoted conversation and action that address ongoing and new inequalities today. As a parent of a daughter currently attending university, I wish to advance that conversation and action in my role as a HeForShe advocate.

Chris Bachmann Engineering Faculty Advocate

Chris Bachmann

Engineering Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Being a HeForShe advocate is an opportunity for men like me to join women in the struggle for gender equality. As a member of the Women in Engineering (WiE) committee, I have been continuously impressed by the people and progress being made in the Faculty of Engineering. I am hopeful and optimistic that these initiatives are furthering our progress and making a better future for all. 

Jennifer Dean.

Jennifer Dean

Environment Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

The opportunity to be a HeforShe advocate is an exciting one for me. I have long researched and advocated for equal  rights and opportunities for marginalized populations including women and girls facing gender and other forms of discrimination. As a social/health geographer and planner, I am especially interested in ensuring our built environments and local communities are inclusive places with equitable access to resources across the population. As a parent of two sons and a daughter, I am motivated by the prospect of a future where respect, compassion, and equity are central societal values.

Joel Dubin Match Faculty Advocate

Joel Dubin

Math Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

We, especially males, should all be doing our best to ensure gender equity, which shockingly in 2019 continues to be a concern. HeForShe provides a forum to facilitate this important pursuit.

Marcel Pinheiro Science Faculty Advocate

Marcel Pinheiro

Science Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

I see the HeForShe campaign at UW as an important mechanism to provide opportunities to address the continued inequities existing within the university. The implicit biases - not to mention those more overt - throughout campus affect many of our students, staff, and faculty. I hope to contribute to the progress of creating a more equitable environment at Waterloo.

Paul Heidebrecht

Paul Heidebrecht

Conrad Grebel Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

I am committed to gender equity, and welcome the opportunity to be more intentional in acting on that commitment. Over the past several years, I have been impressed by the ways that the HeForShe campaign is contributing to a broader culture change at institutions like the University of Waterloo, particularly by providing a platform for critical reflection. The campaign has also provided inspiration by elevating role models and a wide range of constructive interventions. As part of a college with faculty and staff rooted in the humanities and social sciences, and students who are pursuing degrees in all six of Waterloo’s faculties, I am interested in integrating our diverse experiences and learnings to strengthen our community and positively reshape society.

Kristina Llewellyn

Kristina Llewellyn

Renison University College Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

Being a HeForShe advocate is incredibly meaningful for me because my feminist commitments are inspired by a father who is a staunch feminist ally and two sons who I want to raise as champions of gender equity. My research on the history of women educators demonstrates the effects of deep-seated gender oppression in the culture of education, but also the power of social movements to create substantive change.

David Seljak

David Seljak

St. Jerome’s University Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate?

The HeForShe movement reminds us that gender inequality and sexism hurt all of us, women and men, LGBTQ, adults and children. I teach a course on Evil in the Religious Studies Department, and we study how evil can appear in every day, ordinary ways that we don’t always see: racism, sexism, colonialism, injustice, and ecological destruction.

Richard Myers

Richard Myers

St. Paul's University College Faculty Advocate

Why is it important to you to be a HeForShe Faculty Advocate? 

I want my six-year old daughter to grow up in a world where all doors are open to her and it doesn’t occur to her to think it could be otherwise.