Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Congratulations to the class of 2021

Feridun Hamdullahpur in convocation robes the a podium

Congratulations to our distinguished graduating class of 2021.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Map of the world overlaid onto an image of many hands raised

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  

Waterloo alumni: A community like no other

President Hamdullahpur with new Waterloo alumni

I have had the pleasure of meeting tens of thousands of University of Waterloo alumni over the years. The majority of them I meet the moment they become alumni as they walk across the stage at Convocation and we have a chance to chat for a moment about their time at Waterloo, what their future plans are and, yes, take a selfie or two.

Following a legacy of action this International Women’s Day

International Women's Day at Waterloo

As I reflect on International Women’s Day, this year feels different. Not simply because of the fundamental shifts in our everyday lives due to the pandemic, but because our society has undergone a significant shift over the past year.

We can be proud that our University and society have been able to acknowledge and work towards long-term policy and societal changes in the name of equity. We can and should be proud of these accomplishments, but despite all the progress that we have made, systemic inequities and injustices persist in our institution and in our society.

Black History Month is a time for reflection and celebration

Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for reflection and celebration. It is also a time to learn, collaborate and act for needed systemic changes inside and outside of our community.

Highlighting our Black community and areas for positive change

Reflections on the World Economic Forum from a distance

working at waterloo

The past year has been framed around one thing: the COVID-19 pandemic. It has shaped and reshaped virtually everything we’ve done as a society, and rightly so. This disruption was certainly felt at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF).

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.

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