Research equity and inclusion

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Initiatives (EDII) across the research enterprise

The University of Waterloo has a strong commitment to increasing equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous initiatives (EDII) in all facets of its operations and to remove barriers to achieving an equitable academic, research and campus environment. This commitment is rooted in one of Waterloo’s core human values - we all belong. In our pursuit of excellence, we create conditions for everyone to flourish.

Equity-seeking groups include (but are not limited to) women, racialized peoples, members of LGBTQIA2S+ communities, people living with disabilities, people who exercise cultural and/or religious practices, and any intersection of these identities. Indigenous groups include nations with treaties with the federal government, such as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples.

Waterloo’s commitment to ensuring a sense of belonging for all is reflected in the impact theme Strengthening Sustainable and Diverse Communities included in Waterloo’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Promoting and supporting Indigenous initiatives and a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity for all has been identified as a key goal.