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Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Today we remember

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a time of reflection for those who call Canada home. We remember those who have fought. We remember those who have and continue to serve. And, we remember the countless who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting our nation and our way of life.

Bringing the community together with the upcoming President’s Town Hall

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Every Fall, I have the privilege of welcoming our community together at the annual President’s Town Hall to provide an update on the state of the University and give a brief glimpse at the future. As we all continue to grapple with uncertainty and change, coming together has never been more important.

Warriors Protect Warriors: We cannot stop our efforts against COVID-19

Waterloo students wearing mask

I want to start by thanking everyone in the University of Waterloo community for what has been a strong start to this very unique Fall Term. It has certainly offered its own obstacles but also successes for our University.

New beginnings where we all belong

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Today is the start of a new academic year for thousands of students, faculty and staff who make up the University of Waterloo community. I think many of us are craving a fresh start knowing full well the coming fall term will offer new experiences and some new challenges.

We have all been pushed and stressed by the past six months. I certainly feel it and see it. At the same time, we continue learning, working and creating because we believe in pursuing new knowledge and meeting the needs of our community.

Statement on the ongoing violence against the Black community

Again, this week the world is reacting to an awful act of police brutality in the United States with the shooting of Jacob Blake. Closer to home, many are still searching for answers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. I continue to be deeply disturbed by these tragedies and other racist acts of violence against Black people that are happening across the world every day, including here in Waterloo.

Student-Focused President’s Virtual Town Hall Events Upcoming

Our community came together back in May for a special Virtual Town Hall amid a great deal of uncertainty. We continue to face a near future that is ever-changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the University of Waterloo community has never stopped planning and acting.

Preparing for the changing face of the workplace

future of the workplace

Canada is slowly reopening. The past five months have put enormous pressure on our institutions structurally and financially. We now need to figure out two things: what has changed in the short-term due to COVID-19 and what has changed forever.

Update on the President’s Anti-racism Taskforce

In June I announced my intention to form a new task force to tackle racism at the University. 

I am deeply committed to making sure that we make lasting changes to address racism as an institution. This must include anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and other issues of racism that we see too frequently on our campuses and in our society. 

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