Support from the Equity Office
If you are a member of our campus community with an equity concern, and you need support, please connect with us. We provide confidential one-on-one support in person, via phone, or secure video conferencing. We will never share your information with another area on campus without your consent, and you are under no obligation to take your concerns further.
We can help you understand your options, provide resources, help advocate, offer training to your department/team, and/or can just be a safe place to talk through your experiences.
You can email us to set up an appointment at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking for resources for BIPOC students, faculty and staff
There are many resources designed to support racialized students, faculty and staff, specifically to offer support related to the impacts of interpersonal and systemic racism, and fatigue that may accompany disproportionate requests for unpaid labour and energy in anti-racism work.
We have listed a few of those resources that may be useful for BIPOC students, faculty and staff on campus.
- A Survival Guide for Black, Indigenous, and Other Women of Color in Academe by Aisha S. Ahmad [a free account to the Chronicle is required to read the article]
- Free Racialized Trauma Course through Cultural Somatics Training and Institute
- Project LETS: Race and Mental Health
- 519 - Anti-Islamophobia, Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia Campaign: I am Queer Enough. I am Trans Enough. I am Muslim Enough
- BIPOC Wellness Practitioners Database For Kitchener-Waterloo
- 5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism by Taylyn Washington-Harmon
- Coping With Race-Related Stress from the University of Illinois
- Kind Minds Family Wellness
We also have created a webpage on anti-racism resources that may be useful, with a specific section for folks who identify as a BIPOC UWaterloo community members.
If you’ve experienced racism, are looking to understand your options, are looking for specific resources not listed here or are in need of other support/resources, please email the Equity Office at email@example.com
I'm looking to understand getting an accommodation related to racial trauma
Are you looking to understand your options for academic accommodations related to traumatic experience based on race?
Have you experienced impacts from racism, racial trauma, racial violence, and are looking for academic accommodations options related to those experiences and impacts? Resources and support are available.
Head to our webpage on accessing accommodations through AccessAbility Services for more information on how to apply, and what supports are available.
I'm considering transitioning at work or in the classroom
If you’re considering transitioning, there are many supports that can help you with that process. Please consider connecting with the Equity Office to understand how we can be of support, and what resources are available on and off campus.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways that we can support you with your transition at UWaterloo.
I need to breast-pump/express breastmilk on campus
The Equity Office works with Central Stores to loan mini fridges to people who are breast pumping/feeding on campus. If you are a student, faculty or staff member wishing to access a mini fridge:
- Email email@example.com, with your office or department information and we will request that a mini fridge be sent to you.
- When you no longer need the fridge, call the number listed on the fridge and Central Stores will come and retrieve it. We have a limited supply of mini fridges so this will help ensure we can continue to meet requests.
Additionally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a private space to express breast milk on campus. We can help by connecting with the Office of Space Planning, and/or your department directly to look for access to a clean, lockable space near your office/department.