Hello June,

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


June is Pride Month. This Pride, as we think of the historical and ongoing systemic racism in Canada, and on our campus, we must recognize that advancing equity, social justice and the dismantling of systems of oppression cannot happen in silos. We must work together to centre the voices of Black, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and other racialized folx as we advance 2SLGBTQ+ initiatives, disability justice, decolonization, anti-racism, gender equity and all other intersectional and anti-oppressive work. Pride is about celebration, and it is a time to reflect on Pride’s protest roots: it is about resistance, reform, advocacy, and justice. Staff members are welcome to explore upcoming Pride webinars and workshops.

Do you need support processing the horrifying discovery last week of a mass grave with the remains of 215 children at a B.C. residential school? The Indigenous Initiatives Offices has provided resources including an overview of the Indian Residential School System and Campus Wellness has collected a number of supports and resources for Indigenous students and those affected by this news.


Tuesday, June 8, 1-2pm: Policy 42 and You. Join the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office for an information session on Policy 42 and You. In this workshop, you will find out more about the key updates to Policy 42: the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures, the process for making a complaint, as well as your roles and responsibilities as a university employee when someone has been impacted by sexual violence. Learn more and register.


Great idea for Father’s Day. Kids in the Kitchen is online cooking class that may be enjoyed by the whole family right in your own home. In support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Chef Nicole welcomes staff into her kitchen every Saturday in June. Join June 19 for a Father’s Day celebration, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. Contact: michele.mcbrideroach@kitchener.ca


Do you need support processing the horrifying discovery last week of a mass grave with the remains of 215 children at a B.C. Residential School? The Indigenous Initiatives Offices has provided resources including an overview of the Indian Residential School System and Campus Wellness has collected a number of supports and resources for Indigenous students and those affected by this news.


Spring 2021 Waterloo Staff Virtual Equity Circle Conversations. With increasing awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues at Waterloo, in our community, and globally, there is recognition that staff could benefit from opportunities for learning/discussion. Facilitating these discussions may also help support members’ equity, inclusion, and belonging work in their various roles at Waterloo and in the community.

The following Waterloo Staff Virtual Equity Circle Conversation will be held this Spring:

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
    Topic: What does Pride mean to you? (Session One)
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Topic: What does Pride mean to you? (Session Two)
  • Monday, July 19, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
    Topic: What is the difference between individual racism and systemic racism? (Session One)
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Topic: What is the difference between individual racism and systemic racism? (Session Two)
  • Monday, August 16, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
    Topic: What resources have you found most useful in your personal work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion? (Session One)
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Topic: What resources have you found most useful in your personal work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion? (Session Two)

The dialogues will be hosted on Zoom. To register to participate, please visit the following links:

For the Monday Afternoon Sessions (Session One):

https://adric-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50ucOmqrD4pE9WSDxNO0MbHJzFKu1ayxh2V              

(Note: You will need to sign-up for each session individually).

For the Thursday Lunchtime Sessions (Session Two):

https://adric-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Uqdu6gqDIsG923OGKCUrhTUJrAD-OZRdiW

(Note: You will need to sign-up for each session individually).

Only the first 10 registrants will be approved to participate for each session, and individuals can only register for one of the sessions on each topic. There will be a waitlist in case a registrant needs to cancel.


W3+ Microsoft Team was launched in September 2020. Rather than replacing monthly in-person events with virtual ones, we decided to take a whole new approach to engaging with the W3+ community. The Team is a space in which womxn and nonbinary members of the UW community can connect and support each other anytime, anywhere. We have a range of channels with different purposes, from celebrating our accomplishments to reminding each other to take breaks throughout the day. The Team is a space where we can continue to build our community while most of us are working from home.

How to invite someone to join W3+ Do you know a womxn or nonbinary person at UW who would like W3+? Invite them to join! We cross-post general announcements about W3+ to both Teams and the listserv, but we don’t automatically add people from Teams to the email listserv, or vice versa.

Invite someone to Microsoft Teams. Send them to https://bit.ly/w3plusJoin, where they can request to join. Our steering committee members will race to approve them as quickly as possible!

Email listserv: Send them to https://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/w3plus, where they can enter their email address to join the listserv. All listserv members can email the entire group about related events or initiatives. Some upcoming W3+ events:

June 9, W4: W3+Workshops.  This is an exciting day of online skill sharing and teach-ins on everything from equity issues to samba dancing.  

September 29, 12 noon – 1 pm.  In this panel talk to kick off the fall term, Lai-Tze Fan and Jessica Thompson will be presenting on their current research. More details to come!

Questions? Contact cbechard@uwaterloo.ca


Did you know: Taking a break to move can help improve focus and productivity? Incorporating movement into your day doesn’t have to be a long, intense workout. It can be much simpler than that!

For a short movement break, check out the collection of FREE Brain Break videos that are now available online. Join the Brain Break Community! Check back often as we will be adding additional videos. Just hit play and follow along! We encourage you to use the videos wherever makes sense in your daily life. This could include, but not limited to:

  • Lectures with your students (lecture slide available for download)
  • Staff team meetings
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Taking a break from the workday or studying
  • A quick movement reboot will be rejuvenating and we hope you’ll join us as we try to move more and sit less.

Questions? Suggestions or requests for a Brain Break? Please contact Donna Rheams, Senior Manager, Wellness & Active Living

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