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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.

These acts continue to reflect a need for intentional and ongoing work to dismantle systems of racism in our institutions and broader society. No one should have to live with, or die, as a result of experiencing racism. I want you to know that we have made and continue to make commitments of our resources to address the traumas associated with the experiences and dismantling of racism.

The Equity Office is available to support anyone on campus who experiences racism and students can seek academic accommodation if they have a traumatic experience based on race. Our counselling services and employee and family assistance program are there for anyone who needs help now or in the future.

For those who want to take action, we also have resources available to help you combat racism, in particular anti-Black racism. You can also email part@uwaterloo.ca to express your interest in participating in our ongoing process of consultation.

I understand that the changes we need globally and at Waterloo are overdue. Thanks to good work already started by our BIPOC students, faculty members and staff we are now taking steps to change. We are committed to working with BIPOC members of our campus community to advance our efforts to tackle racism. We will make change where we can with all the power and focus and energy we have until every barrier is removed.

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