Hello March!  

Here is a summary of some of the many upcoming events, activities, and opportunities for UWaterloo staff. If anyone has any events they would like to share in these monthly communications, please send them to lbolger@uwaterloo.ca

March days of observance:

March 6, 7 – Holi (Festival of Colors) and Purim (Feast of Lots)

March 8 – International Women’s Day

March 8-10 – Hola Mohalla

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 – Ostara celebrating the spring equinox

March 22 – Gudi Padwa and Ugadi

March 22 to 31 - Navaratri

March 22 to April 21 - Ramadan

March 30 – Ram Navami

If you're looking to connect with W3+ in-person and check out some art, join them today on March 1 at noon at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. We'll be viewing the exhibit I was Wearing Golden Clamshell Earrings by Laura Magnusson. We'll meet at the East Campus Hall (ECH) entrance that is directly across from Engineering 7 (E7) and then head in together. If you're not able to make it for noon, you can meet us in the UW Art Gallery in ECH 1239. Given the content of the exhibit, we've arranged for a staff member from the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) to join us.

International Women’s Day is March 8, 2023. The Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 is Every Woman Counts. Science is hosting an IWD High Tea Social at 3:00 pm: Grab your favourite afternoon drink, cozy up in your favourite chair and spend an hour with some truly inspirational women. Whether you'd like to just listen, or engage over text in the online chat forum, this virtual high tea social will be a lively commentary and round-table discussion. Join our panel of Waterloo alumni who want to share and discuss International Women's Day, and a theme that has sparked the imagination of so many.  In our every day lives, women push past norms and stereotypes that try to to shape and limit us.  Facing biases at work, in society and even at home is a daily reality for women across the globe.  Come hear the stories, share your own stories and celebrate how women Break the Bias. This event will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 3 pm ET REGISTER HERE

Knowledge Integration eXhibition: KIX 2023

Visit the KI-student-designed exhibits and learn about:

  • profit motives behind machine learning algorithms, and their impact on polarization
  • art and social activism
  • the use of psychedelics in mental health treatment
  • humour and its relationship to wellness
  • brain health

March 13-18, St. Jerome's University, Siegfried Hall Residence Wellness Centre, details on the KIX website.

Equity Circle

The March Equity Circle will be held on March 23 with the theme, Exploring Gender Equity as a United Nations Sustainability Goal. The registration link for this (and all circles in 2023 – the same link can be used to register for each individual month’s session) is: https://adric-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Esf-uqqzsqEtHTlq_azavkIawGlK5lUDqK. With increasing awareness of equity, diversity, and belonging issues at Waterloo, in our community, and globally, there is recognition that staff could benefit from opportunities for learning/discussion. Participating in these discussions may also help support members’ equity, diversity, and belonging work in their various roles at Waterloo and in the community. Jeremy Steffler, a former UWSA Director, has volunteered to act as the circle keeper for the Waterloo Staff Virtual Equity Circle Conversations.

Portia’s Julius Caesar

March 22 to 25: Portia’s Julius Caesar represents a radical adaption of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. With a focus on the voices and perspectives of the female characters, this play follows the stories of Portia and Calpurnia, two powerful women married to Rome's most influential men, Brutus and Caesar. While Calpurnia makes sacrifices to the gods to conceive for the first time, Portia is battling to understand her experience as a mother within a politically influential family. Portia’s Julius Caesar is a provocative work of theatre that explores historical as well as contemporary ideas of fertility, female empowerment, and familial ties alongside the historical reality of political uprisings. The play delves into familiar dramatical themes as it is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, but it juxtaposes the essence of the original text with all that has happened in the world since 1599, when Shakespeare adapted this story from 44 B.C.

Prior to the production audience members are invited to engage with the virtual and/or physical engagement space. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance so the audience can engage with the installation that reflects Portia’s Julius Caesar theatrical points of emphasis. In the theatre gallery, spectators are invited to immerse themselves in a thematic display meant to extend the world of the play to the world right in front of us. 

Location: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building


$15 General

$10 Students & Seniors

$5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908

Visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/communication-arts/

Fitness classes offered

To support the health and wellbeing of our campus community, we’re offering a variety of options for staff to take a break, be active, have some fun, connect with others, rejuvenate, and refocus.

UW Fitness offers both in-person and remote fitness programs. Exercise under the supervision of our experienced and knowledgeable Certified Exercise Physiologists in either our private facilities on campus or in the comfort of your own home! Staff receive a 50% discount with the Staff Excellence Fund subsidy. For more information and how to register, see our website at https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-community-clinical-applied-research-excellence/uw-fitness-services/staff-and-faculty-training

Learn more about this program online   This program is funded by the Staff Excellence Fund.

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