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. 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. 18, 2020ONLINE: EQ101 Equity 101

    This foundational workshop is designed to give you an understanding of equity and how our interactions with one another are shaped by systems of oppression, power, and privilege. 

    Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff

  3. Aug. 19, 2020A conversation about Indigenizing annual performance reviews

    Join the FAUW Indigenization Working Group for an informal discussion about Indigenizing performance reviews. The Indigenization Working Group aims to help faculty members better understand and take action on Indigenization and reconciliation efforts.

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