The Principles of Inclusivity

About the Principles:

In 2009, a committee was formed to develop a framework to meet the diverse needs of our campus. From that committee, The Principles of Inclusivity were created to acknowledge, communicate, and promote an understanding of the complexity and uniqueness of the University of Waterloo’s campus community, presenting the ideals by which campus members should engage one another – with respect, sensitivity, and fairness.  The Principles speak to the Waterloo workplace and support the strategic plan and its themes of Global Prominence and Internationalization, Vibrant Student Experience, and Promoting a Sound Value System for the best of all students, staff and faculty.

The Principles of Inclusivity

  1. Acknowledge individuals have unique and particular needs in the learning and work environment.

  2. Respect each individual’s right to express and present themselves relative to their religion, culture, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender-identity, physical and mental ability.

  3. Promote inclusivity by reasonably adjusting procedures, activities and physical environments.

  4. Focus on the capability of the individual without assumptions or labels.

  5. Be inclusive in all forms of communication.

  6. Serve all with sensitivity, respect, and fairness.

Poster Copies

If your office or department would like a copy of the Principles of Inclusivity poster, please contact our office with an order to have them shipped to your location/office. 

The Workshops

Review the topics and descriptions for this seven-part series.

Why Crayons?

When creating the brand identity for the Inclusivity program, Organizational & Human Development decided to use crayons as the symbol for the workshops and the supporting marketing materials.

Why crayons? Crayons are easily identifiable, relatable, and ubiquitous; they are creative, fun, and, for many, a developmental tool from our youth; they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. Furthermore, they are genderless, accessible, and, even when in pieces, are still completely usable.

Crayons are full of possibilities and can create a beautiful picture, just like each of us.

Mark Lisetto-Smith
Coordinator, Communication & Events
Organizational & Human Development