September 2020 Newsletter | Our Autumn Workshop offerings and other learning opportunities

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 2020  – Organizational and Human Development (OHD) continues to chart this new virtual working environment alongside University employees, exploring different tools and methods to deliver content and continue providing learning and development opportunities to the University community.  Our autumn offerings bring back several popular Spring term sessions, as well as offering some new additions in our newly revised Core Development program and Integrity Matters. We hope that you will enjoy these programs in their trial formats as we continue to develop a delivery framework that works best for both our learners and our facilitation team. Our full calendar of workshops for the fall term is available on our website.  If you are interested in taking these courses, please register through Workday.*

Currently all workshops will be online and hosted in Microsoft Teams. An invite will be sent to you by the workshops facilitator(s). If you have questions, please contact

*NOTE:   If a course offering on Workday fills up (as does the waitlist), the system removes the workshop offering from being visible on Workday so that should someone unenroll, that spot is automatically filled from the Waitlist. Once spots are available again on the waitlist, it will be visible again in Workday.


Support Your Wellness: Take THat STEP Campaign

Waterloo takes part in #TakeThatStep, a free mental health support available 24/7 through Wellness Together Canada

The University of Waterloo’s Employee & Family Assistance Program provider Homewood Health launched a free program to promote mental health through Wellness Together, a partnership with the Government of Canada.  The goal of this program is to offer emotional and mental support to all Canadians in these difficult times.   As part of this initiative, a new campaign is launching with the message that mental health is a journey. The #TakeThatStep campaign is reminding all Canadians that we can all take steps every day to improve mental well-being, especially during trying times, and there’s free support available, 24/7. Wellness Together Canada is Canada’s first and only online platform offering immediate mental health and substance use support for all ages, in every province and territory, and in both official languages.

As an employee, you do not have to be eligible to receive the Employee & Family Assistance Program to access these free mental health services through this program. We are asking everyone at Waterloo to #TakeThatStep. If you need help and support that is available 24/7, or just want to talk, you can access the Wellness Together Canada service at or by calling 1-866-585-0445. Please read the full press release for background information on this initiative.  

*NOTE:   For those employees eligible for the Employee & Family Assistance Program, remember that support is available on the Homeweb website or by calling 1-800-663-1142. You can find out more about the Employee & Family Assistance Program online.


The Sustainability Certificate

The Sustainability Office is excited to offer the Sustainability Certificate once again to all University employees for the upcoming fall 2020 term. This series of courses is intended to help Waterloo embed sustainability into campus culture, one of the major goals of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. It includes seven modules that cover key local and global sustainability issues, what the University is doing, and tools and resources for employees to integrate sustainability into their own departments, homes, and beyond.

Sessions will be held remotely through Microsoft Teams, and registration will be managed through Workday. For a list of session dates and more information, please visit the Sustainability Certificate webpage.

The Sustainability Office has also launched an asynchronous version of the series on LEARN to support independent learning. The course will include the same content as existing sessions, but learners will complete in-course quizzes and reflections in the place of group discussions and activities. Employees can access the course under the Self Registration tab on LEARN and register using their WatIAM credentials starting Monday, September 21, 2020. Please note that, at this time, employees can’t mix and match sessions from each stream.

Other Opportunties: Indigenous Canada

Online Program: Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson course during which students can expect to acquire a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships. Explore the Free Course option and more!


In collaboration with RBC Future Launch and The Globe and Mail

Online Program: If you're ready to take charge of your personal finances, then you're in the right place. From budgeting to borrowing, real estate and beyond, invest a few hours in this free, online course and you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make a lifetime of smart financial decisions. Taught by professors from McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, the course is open to everyone at no cost.

Finish all course modules to receive a McGill Personal Finance Essentials attestation of completion. Explore more at  


  • COVID-19 Updates: For complete details of University announcements and updates, please visit the University of Waterloo’s Coronavirus Information website. For more information on COVID-19, we encourage you to seek information from reliable sources, such as the Health Canada website.  
  • Looking for previous monthly issues? Check out our News section for our past newsletters and releases.   

We are here to help! Questions about workshops or registration? Please contact OHD about workshop registration, including cancellations and enrollment.    

Questions about this communication? Please contact Mark Lisetto-Smith, Manager, Operations and Marketing, Organizational and Human Development.

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