Jewinski English Language Hub named for founder of Renison English Language Institute

Friday, May 11, 2018

Judi Jewinski standing in front of a sign that reads "Jewinski English Language Hub"Judi Jewinski began her time at the University of Waterloo as a student in 1970 and soon after began teaching here at Renison in 1973. Over 47 years, her impact on the College and the University has been substantial. In recognition of her impactful career and her role as the founder of the English Language Institute, Renison University College has renamed the English Language Institute office the ‘Jewinski English Language Hub’. The honour and the new sign was unveiled at this year's Founders' Day celebrations.

Jewinski’s work includes, but is certainly not limited to, such notable accomplishments as:

  • Acting as the first manager of the University of Waterloo’s Writing Clinic from 1978 to 1981
  • Developing some of Renison’s first credit English Language courses
  • Launching WordsWork Associates in 1986
  • Developing English language programs for Distance Education (later named the Centre for Extended Learning)
  • Launching Accessibility Matters in 2015, a committee dedicated to increasing both practical accessibility at Renison but also raising accessibility awareness on campus
  • And serving as the Administrative Dean of Renison University College from 2008 to 2017.
  • She was also seconded to the Office of the Provost at the University of Waterloo to act as a Special Advisor on English Language Competency from 2013-2015.

Perhaps her crowning achievement and lasting legacy at the College was the launching of Renison’s English Language Institute in 1994. In its 24 years, the English Language Institute has become a central pillar of Renison’s academic offerings and has been the source of bridges between countries, cultures, and languages. Thanks to Judi’s efforts and imagination, Renison is in conversation with the world, and the world finds a home at Renison. Throughout her tenure, Judi has been indispensable in advancing the internationalization goals of both Renison and the University of Waterloo.

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