Meet the Equity Office team

Gina Hickman - Director of Equity

Hello! I am Gina Hickman, the Director of Equity. My job is to work with stakeholders across campus to advance equity through evidence-based policies, practices and programs.

Some of my key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting students, staff and faculty with equity concerns to navigate University of Waterloo structures and systems;
  • Building relationships with stakeholders to collaborate on key equity initiatives;
  • Working closely with the Office of Research to implement the CRC equity plan and advance equity in research;
  • Arranging for learning and education opportunities related to equity;
  • Consulting and advising on equity and climate issues;
  • Chairing the Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity;and
  • Recommending resources on and off campus for people to find supports or advance their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Equity Initiatives is the central source of expertise for the University of Waterloo community members on substantive equality, diversity, and inclusion matters. 

The key functions of this portfolio are to:

  • Develop and promote a strategic approach to advance equity at the University.
  • Evaluate and enhance University policies, procedures and practices to address equity.
  • Provide consultation and advice on equity issues (including duty to accommodate and climate).
  • Address systemic issues.
  • Develop equitable recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Deliver learning and development on equity-related matters.

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