Renison University College
If you're looking for a small, close-knit residence or academic home base that is a five-minute walk to most buildings at the University of Waterloo, then Renison may be for you!
Renison is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved. For students pursuing a University of Waterloo degree, you can live and study at Renison while having access to all of the services and facilities on the main Waterloo campus. Think of it like a small, friendly neighbourhood, within a larger city - it's the best of both worlds!
With gratitude, we acknowledge that Renison University College is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Hodinohsyó:ni, and Attawandaran (Neutral) Peoples, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River from mouth to source. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place in all corners of our campus through research, learning, teaching, community building and outreach. We are guided by the work of our Reconciliation and Re-storying Steering Committee and Anti-Racism and Decolonization Spokescouncil, as well as the University of Waterloo’s Office of Indigenous Relations.
Recent grad Lavorn Hunt has long been a fixture of Renison’s community since beginning her Social Development (SDS) degree online in 2014, long before the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated online learning.
Continuing our series for Black History Month, we spotlight Bernard Akuoko, an alum of Renison’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Bernard is a relatively recent graduate of the MSW program. He finished in 2022.
Today, we have an incredible story to share about Renison Alum Msenwa Mweneake.
Msenwa grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo until 1996 when, at age 15, war broke out around him. Msenwa witnessed unimaginable brutality. Through perseverance and determination, and after years as a refugee, he arrived in Canada in 2011 eager to practice Social Work. At the time, Renison had just launched its Master of Social Work (MSW) program and Msenwa became part of the first cohort. The focus on health with a diversity and inclusion lens was a program that he saw himself in. He has practiced social work in Africa and Canada as a clinical social worker in mental health and child welfare, and is particularly interested in how policies affect macro social work, migration, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Mark your calendars...March Open House this year is taking place on Saturday, March 23rd between 10am to 4pm!
Stop by Renison during your visit at the University of Waterloo to see us first hand for yourself.
- Explore the Renison and Waterloo campuses.
- Tour our residence and see if it feels like your next home.
- Learn more about our programs (Social Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Work)
- Speak to our current students, professors, and in-house academic advisors!
Keep checking back as more information will be added closer to the day.