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.

  1. Jan. 28, 2020Coronavirus update

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

  2. Sep. 18, 2020The University of Waterloo joins the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities

    The University of Waterloo and Canadian universities and colleges across the country are coming together on October 1st and 2nd to facilitate a national conversation to develop concrete actions for change in higher education and in our communities. 

  3. 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.

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  1. Apr. 28 to Dec. 31, 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. 20 to Dec. 31, 2020ONLINE MODULE: Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace: A primer for Waterloo employees

    This online module is available anytime and focuses on ensuring UWaterloo employees are equipped to understand and identify behaviours that may be considered harassment or discrimination.

    Audience: Staff

  3. Sep. 22, 2020CCDI Webinar: Combatting Tokenism

    This Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) webinar addresses the issue of symbolic efforts of inclusion by propping up single efforts or people with diverse backgrounds, and how to rectify these efforts into real inclusive initiatives.

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