Equity and Inclusive Communities Principles

The Faculty of Mathematics’ Equity and Inclusive Communities (E&IC) Principles set intentions for how the Faculty engages in its work. By aligning the activities of the Faculty with the E&IC principles, we set a foundation for advancing human rights, equity, diversity, and inclusion, including active institutional efforts to support accessibility (including neurodiversity), anti-racism, decolonization, gender equity, Indigenization, and promoting a sense of belonging for everyone. We use the term “communities” to reflect that the Faculty of Mathematics is part of the University of Waterloo and other external communities, and in recognition of the diverse communities that exist within our Faculty.

The E&IC principles guide individuals, leadership, and governance toward a more equitable and inclusive Faculty, as they are increasingly integrated into day-to-day roles and responsibilities. These principles are meant to motivate, support, and inspire action and should be considered collectively – no one principle is more important than another and all principles are linked.

The E&IC principles were drafted through extensive consultations within the Faculty of Mathematics and through active co-creation with members of Waterloo’s Office of Indigenous Relations and the Centre for Teaching Excellence’s Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-Racist Pedagogies Unit. The E&IC principles reflect how the sovereignty of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNIM)1 peoples in Canada distinguish general equity and inclusion work from work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. When describing the principles, a description of how the principles are applied when working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples (both within and outside the Faculty) is reflected in its own column (when applicable).

Do you have any questions about our Equity and Inclusive Communities Principles? If so, feel free to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. We also have prepared a Glossary for the terms used in our principles (you will need to sign-in with your Waterloo ID to access).

Challenge the Status Quo

The Faculty of Mathematics challenges the status quo and is committed to proactively changing policies, processes, procedures, and other activities to reduce barriers to decolonization, Indigenization, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Share Collective Responsibility

Members of the Faculty of Mathematics take collective responsibility for supporting E&IC best practices and understand these practices to be integral to academic excellence.

Champion E&IC best practices

The Faculty of Mathematics champions E&IC best practices, provides continuing operational resources for these practices, and recognizes and meaningfully supports the efforts of individuals who implement and promote such practices.

Recognize individual journeys

The Faculty of Mathematics identifies and addresses factors unique to the success of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and equity-deserving groups, as defined by them, by continuously considering individual pathways for entry to, progression within, and departure from, the Faculty.

Foster belonging

The Faculty of Mathematics creates an environment in which individuals:

  • feel secure, supported, accepted, included, and can thrive,
  • are comfortable presenting and expressing themselves,
  • treat others with dignity and respect, and
  • accept responsibility to foster such an environment.

Develop individualized support

The Faculty of Mathematics ensures that policies, procedures, services, and spaces actively support the diverse needs of individuals at all intersections of their identities.

Employ Responsible Data Practices

General Description

The Faculty of Mathematics collects, uses, and reports data in a responsible manner, considering the impacts that such collection, use, and/or reporting can have on equity-deserving groups. The Faculty values consent, confidentiality, anonymity, and privacy when collecting, using and/or reporting socio-demographic data.

Work with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples

The Faculty of Mathematics respects First Nations, Inuit, and Métis data sovereignty when collecting, using, and reporting data related to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and communities.

Act with accountability

The Faculty of Mathematics gathers data, monitors & measures the impact of its E&IC activities, and take the necessary actions to continuously improve.

Encourage Holistic Approaches

General Description

The Faculty of Mathematics collaborates with institutional and external partners to ensure a consistent framework of engagement with, and support for, equity-deserving groups.

Work with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples

The Faculty of Mathematics connects with FNIM-focused units at the University of Waterloo to build relationships that engage and support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals and communities internal and external to the institution.

Promote Meaningful Collaboration

General Description

The Faculty of Mathematics actively collaborates with equity-deserving groups before implementing changes, while acknowledging and mitigating the disproportionate burden of this work on members of those groups, particularly those with intersecting identities.

Work with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples

The Faculty of Mathematics’ active collaboration with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples is developed, informed, and sustained through co-design, partnership, and collaboration with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Nurture reciprocity with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples

Work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples

The Faculty of Mathematics supports reciprocity with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities by encouraging responsible sharing of knowledge, skills, and spaces. Such reciprocity includes practicing two-eyed seeing and stewardship of lands and waters.

Last Revised: August 16th, 2023

These Principles are scheduled to be reviewed at regular intervals, at least every 5 years.

1 The Faculty of Mathematics acknowledges that Indigenous people are not a monolith - the experiences of Indigenous peoples vary significantly across the globe. Our principles centre our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit folk, and this is reflected in the language chosen in our principles. We recognize that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, groups, and individuals themselves are numerous, diverse, and have unique needs and perspectives. The complex history of First Nations people in Canada has led to the use of additional labels being applied to individuals, such as status, non-status, on reserve, and off reserve. Our use of First Nations is meant to be inclusive of all such labels.