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Introducing IMPACT coffee – Equity Brewed into Every Cup

Starting March 9, 2020, UW Food Services will sell IMPACT coffee in various locations, with proceeds from each cup going to University of Waterloo’s HeForShe campaign.

As part of our commitment to the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 framework, the University of Waterloo proudly presents its fourth and final HeForShe Writing Contest Anthology (pdf.) Printed copies are available while supplies last at W Store and the Writing and Communication Centre.  

Workshop Description:

Gender-based violence is a men’s issue. More than simply structuring women’s lives, the dominant idea of manhood also structures men’s lives. In thinking critically about what it means to be a man today, the Men's Circle seeks to help men understand themselves as gendered beings.

Through facilitated group discussions and interactive exercises, this workshop invites men to consider the personal costs of adhereing to the dominant narrative of manhood.

Workshop Objectives:


As part of our commitment to the HeForShe IMPACT initiative, the University of Waterloo will provide six scholarships, valued at up to $12,000 each over four years, to outstanding female students admitted to Year One of an undergraduate science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree program in which females are currently underrepresented.  Recipients will receive $1,500 per academic term for up to eight terms.  Continuance of the scholarship beyond Year One is dependent on the student maintaining an 80% overall average and continued enrolment in an eligible STEM program.


Secondary school data (2004-2009) identifies the rate of First Nation graduation at approximately 36% compared to the Canadian graduation rate of 72%. This camp, a partnership between the Waterloo Indigenous Students Centre, Engineering Science Quest (ESQ), the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 Framework, and sponsored by De Beers Canada aims to address the Indigenous education gap in Canada. The goal of this camp is to increase Indigenous female student participation in STEM experiences and academic careers to build the pipeline of future female leaders in traditionally male dominated disciplines.


Each December, the University of Waterloo invites 80-100 girls in grades seven and eight to explore the physical sciences at a free event on campus.  They will attend two engaging talks:

opening keynote speakers advocating for the importance of physics education and relevance to real life; and, a closing panel of current Physics students who will answer questions posed to them by the participants.


EQUALs is a venue for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young scholars considering an academic career.  The purpose of this conference is to explore the spectrum of pathways of academic success with an explicit focus on gender equity and its intersections with other identity markers.

Check out our website for information on EQUALS 2018!