Welcome to Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

We work to bring members of our campus community together to facilitate understanding and address systemic barriers to equity, inclusion, and decolonization. Explore and learn more about the five intersecting portfolios that support the work that we do.

The Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Unit acknowledges that our work is on the traditional territory of ‎ the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our institution is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.

The Offices within Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion continue to support all campus community members during this time of University closure due to COVID19. Please note the following modified services:

  • In-person appointments and services are cancelled until further notice; however, the team is available through online channels (email) 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday
  • Some services and supports can be provided via telephone; please email to set up an appointment
  • Services may also be available outside of the above business hours; please enquire and we will always do our best to accommodate you

Please reach out through the following channels:

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office:
Amanda Cook amanda.cook@uwaterloo.ca and Meaghan Ross m23ross@uwaterloo.ca

Equity Office

Conflict Management and Human Rights Office
Jeremy de Boer jdeboer@uwaterloo.ca

Indigenous Initiatives
Jean Becker j2becker@uwaterloo.ca

Education and Training
Lynn Long l3long@uwaterloo.ca

  1. Jan. 28, 2020Coronavirus update

    Please visit the University of Waterloo's Coronavirus website for the latest information. 

  2. June 1, 2020Statement of Action On Anti-Black Racism

    June 1, 2020

    To our Waterloo Community,

    We acknowledge and accept responsibility for our silence on the issues of anti-black racism and hatred on our campuses. HREI wanted to ensure our statement came with tangible, coordinated actions, but we regret that we were not more responsive and thank our campus community for their continued honesty and for holding us accountable. We commit to doing better.

  3. May 13, 2020Indigenous Initiatives: Guidance, Resources, and Supports
    Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives


    To:                Students, Faculty and Staff

    From:           Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives

    Today marks exactly four months that I have been a part of the University of Waterloo community as the Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives. On this occasion, I want to take this opportunity to update you on my work, and provide resources and ways to connect with the Indigenous Initiatives Office.

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  1. Apr. 28 to Sep. 30, 2020ONLINE MODULE: Equitable Recruitment and Selection

    This online module is available anytime and focuses on the faculty hiring process and promotes best practices for recruitment and selection to ensure that the committee reaches an unbiased and fair decision.

    Audience: Faculty

  2. Aug. 7, 2020Ask Us Anything: Equity in Practice: Teaching and STEM

    Ask Us Anything: Equity Practice: Teaching and STEM is hosted by Andrew Hamilton-Wright from the University of Guelph. Real people are behind the data and thorny issues that computer scientists aim to solve. By considering the people driving the search for a given solution, as well as those affected by the implementation of a given strategy, we can explore how relatively abstract computational choices have real-world consequences that directly impact people's lives.

  3. Aug. 10, 2020ONLINE: EQ201 Anti-Racism Workshop: Understanding Racism and Racial Microaggressions within the University Context

    This workshop/presentation focuses on topics of culture, intersectionality, social determinants of health, racism, and White privilege in Canada and Canadian institutions of learning.

    Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students

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