Equitable Recruitment and Hiring for Staff and Faculty

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

A collection of resources is available in Training and Toolkits to help faculty and staff selection committee members to embed equity throughout the recruitment and selection process, including selection committees seeking priority or restricted hiring opportunities that follow the provisions for a special program as described by the Ontario's Human Rights Code.

All selection committees using a priority or restricted hiring process must complete the Special Program Justification Form for Restricted and Priority Job Advertisements for Underrepresented Groups. This form, along with faculty and staff job ad templates, can be found in Templates and Forms. Data used to complete the Form can be found in Data Information. Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information, including contact information for direct support with equitable recruitment and hiring. 

The University regards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as an integral part of academic excellence. The fundamental purpose of using equitable recruiting and selection approaches is to select the best candidate for a position and to increase the representation of members of equity-deserving groups and First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk across the spectrum of Waterloo’s teaching and scholarship activities. For information on the Black faculty and Indigenous faculty cluster hiring initiatives, please visit our Current Initiatives.