The Equity Office

Gina Hickman, Emily Burnell and Tamara Zur from the Equity Office

From left to right: Gina Hickman, Director of Equity; Emily Burnell, Equity Coordinator; and Tamara Zur, Project Manager, Equity Initiatives

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 channel:

Equity Office

Our job is to work with stakeholders across campus to advance equity through evidence-based policies, practices and programs.

Some of the Equity Office's 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.

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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.