The University of Waterloo has faced a great deal of change over the course of its history. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptive forces would inevitably force change on our society and our institution. From our very founding amidst international tensions of the Cold War to our public health crisis today, Waterloo was built for change. Not simply to adapt to that change but lead it.
Waterloo at 100
The University of Waterloo defied tradition by integrating academic and research excellence with work-integrated learning when it was founded in 1957. In our rapidly changing world, we can honour this legacy of courage and innovation by imagining bold new futures. Waterloo at 100 is an exercise to move us beyond five-year planning cycles toward a longer-term vision.
President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART)
In consultation with the University community, PART developed eighty-eight recommendations to address racism at the University. Implementation of such a comprehensive set of recommendations requires all member of the institution's community to make a commitment to enact changes here at Waterloo. Anti-racism is the shared responsibility of the entire University of Waterloo community – not that of a specific leader or a campus unit.
Waterloo's Environmental Sustainability Strategy was developed by the President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability through a collaborative process. This strategy is built around three mutually reinforcing and interdependent goals: to be a leader in sustainability education and research, to operate the campus sustainably, and to embed sustainability practices into campus culture.