Academic Programming Working Group

Chair, Dr. Mario Coniglio Associate Vice-President, Academic

Efforts to Indigenize academic programming at the University of Waterloo will recognize a key attribute of our institutional anatomy – namely, that we are highly decentralized – and consequently, Indigenization will  be expressed through a variety of approaches in each of our Faculties. Similarly, individual departments and schools, and the various academic programs they host, will address Indigenization in ways that are  meaningful to them. Regardless of how Indigenization of academic programming is manifest in our different Faculties and departments, there is strong institutional support through the Indigenization strategy.
The mandate of the academic programming working group is to make recommendations for institutional initiatives  that will be widely applicable and  relevant to all instructors and students, regardless of where they teach or study. These recommendations will vary from those that can be implemented in a short time frame (e.g., new courses, minors, special support/programming for instructors and curriculum designers to include Indigenous content, support for Indigenous students) to those that will take several years to see noticeable change (e.g., hiring of more Indigenous scholars in areas with currently little or no representation, increasing uptake of Indigenous students in STEM disciplines). Waterloo’s initiatives to Indigenize academic programming will be ambitious and sustainable, and they will strengthen our reputation as an institution known for its creativity, impact and reach.


Jessica Blackwell

Librarian, Special Collections & Archives, Dana Porter Library

Brian Forrest, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Mathematics 

Julie Kate Seirlis, PhD

Continuing Lecturer, Department of International Development, St. Paul's University College

Thadsha Chandrakumaran, BASc

MASc Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Karen Sunabacka, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Music, Conrad Grebel University College

Frankie Condon, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Katherine Acheson, PhD

Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, Faculty of Arts

Allison Hopper 

Student, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

George Freeman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Heather George, MA

PhD Candidate, Department of History