Operating under the Provost's Advisory Committee and supported by the Equity Office, this working group will seek to address issues equity related to gender and sexual identity. The priorities, initiatives and recommendations taken on by the working group evolve with the changing nature of society, culture and campus needs.
The working group is open to the campus community of students, faculty and staff. Membership means that individuals may attend public meeting and participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of priorities, initiatives, and recommendations.
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Terms of Reference
Operating under the Provost's Advisory Committee and supported by the Equity Office, this working group will seek to address issues equity related to gender and sexual identity. The priorities, initiatives and recommendations taken on by the working group evolve with the changing nature of society, culture and campus needs. At minimum, however the working group should strive to address fostering a more inclusive campus environment related to gender and sexual identity and at its intersections with other important aspects of identity including race, ethnicity, social class, ability and religion. Working Group recommendations endorsed by the majority of the working group will be presented to PACE by the Chair of the Committee.
The working group is open to the campus community of students, faculty and staff. Membership means that individuals may attend public meeting and participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of priorities, initiatives and recommendations.
However, beyond a value in consensus-based decision-making, private conversations and some decision making as it relates to university and/or Equity Office policies and procedures will be made by the Gender and Sexual Diversity Working Group Executive Committee.
This committee is comprised of the following:
- Working Group Chair
- The Chair shall preside at all the work group meetings and any Executive Committee meetings.
- The Chair shall appoint committees as needed in accordance with the priorities, initiatives and recommendations of the working group.
- The Chair shall be the chief spokesperson for the working group and consult closely with the Director of Equity and PACE.
- The Chair shall appoint liaisons to other relevant committees
- The Chair shall mentor the successor to assume responsibilities of the new Chair at the end of their term.
- Executive member, WUSA (or designee)
- Representative, Counselling Services
- Faculty Member
- Staff Member
- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (or designee)
- Director of Equity (or designee)
- Designated Coordinator from Glow
- Designated Coordinator from the Women’s Center
- Designated Coordinator from RAISE
- Representative, Graduate Student Association
Committees may be established by the Chair, the Executive Committee or the membership. All committees shall have at least executive member Meetings The working group will meet at least twice every semester or more as determined by the Chair of the committee.
Amending Terms of Reference
These terms of reference may be adopted, repealed, or amended, in whole or in part, at any time, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the executive committee. Terms of reference must be reviewed annually at the end of the Winter term, in an open membership meeting, announced publicly, at least two weeks in advance.
Statement on Pride 2020, #Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism
During Pride Month 2020, the University of Waterloo Gender and Sexual Diversity Working Group (GSDWG) acknowledges that the struggle for and gains in queer rights are indebted to the struggle for Black civil rights and to the activism of many Black LGBTQ2S+ people. Early gay and lesbian rights advocates looked to the activism of the Black Civil Rights movement in the United States as a model for their own movement. Later, the Stonewall riots of 1969, often seen as the catalyst of the modern LGBTQ2S+ movement, were initiated and led by Black and Latinx drag queens, transgender people, and butch lesbians, including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie. Today, despite the integral role that Black and Indigenous peoples and people of colour (BIPOC) queer and trans folks have played in advancing queer rights around the globe, they face racism and discrimination within and from the queer community.
Recent events have again highlighted the degree to which Black people are impacted by racism, racist violence, and police violence. In the LGBTQ2S+ community, Black people who are transgender or gender non-conforming, are often targets of racist and transphobic attacks. The GSDWG stands with our Black trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming family as we speak out against anti-Black racism and as we bring attention to the recent murders of queer and trans Black people, including Tony McDade, Dominique "Rem'Mie" Fells, and Riah Milton.
We mark Pride 2020 by standing in solidarity with our Black siblings, whether they be LGBTQ2S+ or not. We will not celebrate Pride without connecting to and embracing its roots of anti-oppression, grassroots activism, and justice. We pledge to better integrate and prioritize these values in our work going forward.
The GSDWG recognizes that, currently, the majority of faces around our meeting table are white. As we listen to and amplify Black voices, as well as to the voices of Indigenous peoples and other people of colour, we are reflecting on our own complicity in anti-Black racism through past inactions. With attention to the needs of and directions from our Black, Indigenous, and racialized colleagues, we are committed to acting more robustly towards changing systemic racism through policy and grassroots activism in the following ways:
- We will examine our committee structure and investigate how our committee is complicit with and participates in the inequitable systemic structures of post-secondary education in Canada, generally, and the University of Waterloo, specifically.
- We will make anti-racism a core principle in our activities. We will prioritize intersectionality in events, programs, and materials, including intersectional panelists and speakers and intersectional content in Making Spaces. Wherever possible, we will do this in consultation with LGBTQ2S+ BIPOC.
- We will advocate for the use of an intersectional pride flag to be used on campus, specifically the Pride Progress flag designed by Daniel Qasar that includes representation of trans and non-binary people and racialized people.
- We will prioritize intersectionality in our committee make-up, by doing the following:
- We will ensure that all materials are produced in collaboration with BIPOC and that materials are representative of and advance principles of equity and anti-racism.
- We will actively seek intersectional membership from racialized members of LGBTQ2+ communities on campus, and by specifically promoting and seeking BIPOC students, faculty and staff to sit on the committee.
- We will deliberately facilitate connections with student groups within our community that serve racialized and LGBTQ2+ people.
In solidarity. Black Lives Matter.
University of Waterloo Gender and Sexual Diversity Working Group