smiling staff member wearing Here to Help button

How to get involved? 

Thank you for supporting new student transition at Waterloo.

As a faculty or staff member, you have the opportunity to help incoming students feel a sense of belonging. Creating a strong sense of community for our new students makes their transition easier and sets them up for success throughout their academic experience at Waterloo. 

Airport Pick-up:

  • You can get involved by helping to welcome new international students as they arrive at the airport. Sign up to volunteer!

Here to Help buttons:

  • During the first few weeks of each term, faculty, staff, and student volunteers are encouraged to wear a Here to Help button. Wearing a button symbolizes your knowledge of campus amenities, awareness of student resources, and your willingness to help a student if they need assistance.

Whether a new incoming undergraduate, transfer, exchange, international, or returning upper-year student, the first few weeks of the term can be challenging. Seeing people around campus wearing Here to Help buttons helps students to feel welcomed and supported. 

Familiar with campus resources?

Occasionally, students may come to you with questions outside of your field of expertise. We've pulled together the following list of campus resources to make it easier for you to point students to the information they may need.

Looking for something else?

If you're unable to find an appropriate resource for a student, encourage them to contact the Student Success Office for additional information or check the Campus Wellness searchable listing of Student Services