We encourage all members of the UWaterloo community to make use of the various resources and supports
We encourage all members of the UWaterloo community to make use of the various resources and supportsBy University of Waterloo
Our community was shaken by a disturbing hate-motivated attack related to gender expression and gender identity. If you need to take space from work or your studies right now, please do that. Your managers and instructors will do everything they can to support you.
Campus community members who identify as Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, queer, gender non-conforming and women may be disproportionately impacted by these events and should be centred in our healing. They may require additional space, support, time away, and accommodations at this time.
We encourage all members of the UWaterloo community to make use of the various resources and supports available to them.
If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact Counselling Services at Campus Wellness: 519-888-4096. In-person and virtual supports are available. If needed, please communicate with your supervisor or professor about temporary adjustments to work or studies.
We know that such a traumatic and horrific experience may impact your ability to focus on academics. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is available to work with you for academic accommodation supports. When you are ready to talk about academic impacts, they are there for you. It’s never too late; right now, please prioritize your health and well-being.
When you are ready, your first step is to complete the online application. No documentation is required to get started with AAS. If you are unsure if you require accommodations, you are welcome to contact Zina Bartolotta (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Myers (email@example.com) for more support.
In-person healing spaces. Please click the link to register in Portal to attend.
Campus Wellness is facilitating four virtual healing spaces this week for students impacted by the hate-motivated attack.
Human Resources can also arrange for a counsellor from Homewood Health to facilitate group sessions — either virtually or in person — for up to 20 people at a time. Alternatively, we can arrange for a counsellor to be available to carry out 1:1 sessions. Please connect with your Human Resources Partner if this might be of interest to you, or speak to your department head or faculty leaders to ask for this support.
We must stand together as a campus community and denounce any form of hate, discrimination, or violence. We will continue to prioritize the well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and work tirelessly to create an environment where we all can thrive and feel safe.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.