The EDI Committee has procured and created a set of resources for community support an further learning of EDI initiatives, policies and rights.


  • Course Statement on Equity and Inclusion: Consider including a course statement on equity and inclusion in the information that you share with students at the beginning of the term. This statement can be added to your course outline, included in an introductory lecture or tutorial session, or posted as an announcement on your course's LEARN page. Please help promote a welcoming environment in our courses by sharing this important information.

    In this course, you should expect to be treated fairly and with respect by everyone on the instructional team and all your peers. You should expect an equal opportunity to learn. You are also expected to behave fairly and respectfully toward everyone else and avoid behaviours that make it harder for others to be comfortable. Everyone in this course has equally earned their place. Please help to create a welcoming and inclusive environment by, for example, refraining from discussing a person’s appearance or making assumptions based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other personal characteristics. If you have a concern about how you are being treated, some of the people you can contact include (in order of escalating seriousness): your instructor, the current Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Waterloo’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at or the police on- or off-campus.

Upcoming Training and Workshops

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Training & E-Learning Resources


  • Self-Register for These Courses on LEARN: Did you know that LEARN already has a collection of EDI-related courses that all faculty, staff and students can self-enrol into? Here are a few that we highly recommend. Just log in to Waterloo LEARN, click on "Self Registration" and select the courses you would like to enrol in (some of which may be mandatory already depending on your role):
  • Confronting Anti-Black Racism: The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism has launched an e-learning course that allows Waterloo students, faculty and staff an opportunity to (un)learn and gain tools to better take anti-racist action in our own lives at work, home and in our communities. 
    Sign Up
  • Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence: A guide and list of best practices for responding to a disclosure of sexual violence
    View Website Guide | Download PDF Summary
  • Mental Health Training Opportunities: Campus Wellness offers a broad range of mental health training programs. Our goals are to raise campus mental health awareness, reduce mental health stigma, and support early intervention for those in need within our Waterloo campus communi
    View Upcoming Worshops
  • Inclusivity Series: Organizational & Human Development's (OHD) award winning* series of Inclusivity workshops 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.
    View Updated List of Inclusivity Workshops
  • Active Bystander Intervention: We all have a role to play in creating a campus where people feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. We can all be active bystanders who help and support one another. Learn about what bystander intervention is and how you can play a more active role in intervening when you see signs of sexual violence.
    Learn More | View Guide for Bystander Intervention


  • Challenging Systemic Barriers - The Equity Lens (3-Part Series by Wellbeing Waterloo Region): Featuring Kike Ojo-Thompson from her company, the KOJO Institute, Ms. Ojo-Thompson walks through the equity approach to confronting and challenging the tough questions related to systemic barriers within organizations and our community.
    View the 3-Part Series
  • Call it Out: Racism, Racial Discrimination and Human Rights: This 30 minute interactive eCourse designed and hosted by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, is a foundational course in learning about race, racial discrimination and human rights protections under the OHRC.
    Take This Course
  • Institutional LGBTQ Inclusion: Hosted by the Conference Board of Canada this 1 hour recorded webinar is designed to help folks gain insight on creating inclusion for community beyond standard staff training.
    Watch Video
  • Knowledge Mobilization: Fostering LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion in Online Learning: A webinar discussing pedagogical strategies toward LGBTQ2S+ inclusion in online learning environments was held on June 25, 2020. The presentations were delivered in English with ASL interpretation, and English captions are available for each presentation.
    View Webinar
  • More Feet on the Ground: This online resource is intended to be a one-stop shop for any campus professional or student leader looking to understand more about mental health and refer a student to relevant programs or departments. It was developed to help faculty, administration and campus staff learn how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.
    Learn More & Self-Enrol in Course

Resources & Guides


  • Increasing Your Allyship: Equity is a shared responsibility. Given each of our intersecting identities, we all need to engage in work to unpack our privilege(s) and develop our understanding, skills and knowledge.
    • Multi-Faith Spaces: A list of areas on campus that provide multiple, functional, accessible locations around campus that can be used by students for prayer, reflection, and other faith-based activities
      View List of Multi-Faith Spaces
    • Inclusive Washrooms: A table of inclusive washrooms has been created for your convenience. These inclusive washrooms are single stall, accessible and barrier free washrooms and are located across campus.
      View Campus Map | View Table (PDF) of Inclusive Washrooms
    • Inclusive Meetings: This how-to guide is a reference tool for those who host and participate in meetings, whether virtually or in person. It provides suggested processes and resources to plan and host or chair inclusive meetings, and then follow up with participants after the meeting using methods that ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all.
      View Guide for Inclusive Meetings | Checklist for an Inclusive Meeting
    • Days of Observance: A list of religious and spiritual observances to consider if you are organizing events, academic deadlines, or other important dates.
      View List of Days of Observance
    • Best Practices for Teaching Assistants: A reference for teaching assistants, or anyone who would like some introductory resources in how to create an inclusive classroom culture.
      TA Best-Practices Guide
  • Policies and Programs:
    • Waterloo's Multi-Year Accessibility Plan: The report describes relevant projects and initiatives that have occurred at Waterloo. The report also includes an assessment of the status of each objective, to give the community a snapshot of Waterloo’s progress.
      View the Plan
    • Employment Equity: The University of Waterloo has strong commitment to increasing equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous initiatives in all facets of its operations and to remove barriers to achieving an equitable academic, research and campus environment.
      More Information About Waterloo's Employment Equity Commitment
    • Important Policies:
      • Policy 14: Pregnancy and Parental Leaves (including Adoption), and Return to Work
      • Policy 33: Ethical Behaviour
      • Policy 42: Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence
      • Policy 61: Religious Accommodation
      • Policy 65: Equality in Employment