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.
As Renison approaches the end of its current strategic plan, we are inviting all members of the Renison community to provide their perspectives to help inform the new strategic plan.
The strategic plan is the long-term vision for Renison, establishing clear priorities that will guide how we learn, work, and live together over the next three years. The goal is to co-create a three-year roadmap, driven by student-centered needs and goals that are equity-informed.
Renison University College installed Jodey Porter as its 10th Chancellor on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 in the College’s Atrium with almost 150 well-wishers attending in person and online.
Jodey brings to her new role a long and esteemed career in social justice and advocacy work, having served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario and three terms as Ontario Human Rights Commissioner. She was also a staff member at the United Nations Human Rights Commission; Executive Director of the Canadian Diabetes Association; and Director of Development for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
In mid-October our president Wendy Fletcher was privileged to participate in a distinguished visitors program in Seoul supported by the Korea Foundation. The Korea Foundation supports work around the globe in Korean language and culture studies. This meeting lasted for 5 days, and provided the opportunity for 12 academic leaders from around the globe representing universities with strong Korean studies programs to meet and network. The group was hosted for conversations with all organizations in Seoul which lead the higher education sector.