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 cultural days of observance:

June is: Pride Month

June is: National Indigenous History Month

June 2: International Sex Worker’s Day

June 15: International Day of Families

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 20: World Refugee Day

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23: National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 27: Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Movies in the Park: Hosted in Waterloo Park near the Bandshell, bring a blanket and watch movies on the big outdoor screen! June 3: Dirty Dancing (1987).

June is Indigenous Month and UWaterloo has many opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture and history. June 21 is especially important because it is National Indigenous Peoples Day (previously called National Aboriginal Day when it was announced in 1996). Thursday, June 9, 12:00-1:30 - Building Respectful Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities Webinar. Hosted by the Indigenous Research team in the VPRI, this session is focused on how non-Indigenous researchers can build respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, particularly in the research context. Our panelists will be Dr. Kelly Skinner (Faculty of Health, University of Waterloo) and Dr. Trish Van Katwyk (School of Social Work, Renison University College) who will speak to their experiences and teachings in developing respectful long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities. This webinar will be recorded, and posted to the Office of Research Sharepoint site. Link to be sent prior to the session.  Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-2:30 - Online Drop In/Ask Us Anything - Indigenous Research. Intended for faculty who are thinking about working with Indigenous communities in the context of research partnerships, the Indigenous Research team will be hosting a drop in/ask us anything session, where we are happy to discuss questions related to specific projects, general questions about Indigenous research, or updates in the world of Indigenous research scholarship. Registration is helpful to let us know how many to expect, but the link will be posted publicly prior to the session. 

Pride month workshops open to all! June 14th @ 3-4:30 pm: Sexual Violence 101. This workshop will discuss the ways society views sexual violence and gender-based violence, and how those views are often harmful, inaccurate of the facts, and are also responsible for creating significant barriers to prevention and response. Register via Go Sign Me Up @ https://uwaterloo.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=6753 . June 22nd @ 2:30 – 4 pm: Why is There No Straight Pride Month?  In this workshop we’ll discuss the origins of PRIDE and unpack the many layers that led to today's celebrations/honoring of PRIDE. And we’ll talk about the power imbalance inherent in any conversation about whether or not to even have a PRIDE month. In doing so, we will attempt to finally put an end to the question; "BUT WHEN IS STRAIGHT PRIDE MONTH?". Register via Go Sign Me Up @ https://uwaterloo.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=6754 .  June 28th @ 4 – 6pm: What about Bisexuality? This is a Pride Month workshop, provided by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region and hosted by SVPRO. Bisexual people face unique lived experiences; their reality is different from that of straight folks, but also doesn't always match the experiences of people in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. For instance, we know that bi people are more likely to experience sexual violence. Why is that? Join us for a conversation by bisexual people about the realities of bi-erasure, biphobia, and gender-based violence. Register via Eventbrite @ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-about-bisexuality-tickets-337457543597 Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.

Booking an appointment for Campus Wellness services is going to become easier! Campus Wellness now has one phone number: 519-888-4096.  In the past, Campus Wellness had separate phone numbers for Health Services and Counselling Services. Students have shared that when they are seeking help, having to navigate multiple numbers and lists of services creates unnecessary complications and can sometimes delay their access to the services they really need. With the switch to one number, Campus Wellness will have new options to direct callers to Health Services, Counselling Services, Specialized Care, Occupational Health, as well as Referrals, our Cashier, and appointment cancellations. This change seeks to provide a single point of contact for students in order to serve them better. Now, students will only need to call one phone number to get timely and accurate assistance.

UW Staff Board Foundations is a no-cost workshop for staff to build the skills & confidence needed to volunteer as a non-profit Board Director. UW is an amazing workplace that employs skilled members of the Waterloo community. But many of us have never served on a non-profit board, and don’t know where to start. By funding board training for UW staff, this project will help UW staff build the knowledge and skills to take on leadership roles and provide needed support for community organizations. For more information and registration details, check out the UW Staff Board Foundations Sway page.

University for Ukraine (UFU): Over three months into Russia’s  military invasion, a humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Ukraine at an unprecedented scale. Over five million Ukrainian refugees have fled abroad, over ten million people are displaced internally, and more than half of Ukrainian families have been separated. The scale of the societal impact is staggering. Imagine every third Canadian displaced and jobless, and every family from coast to coast torn apart and grieving. The University of Waterloo is home to a diverse community striving to graduate global citizens for the betterment of humanity. Consequently, UWaterloo has expressed strong solidarity in support for the innocent victims of the war waged on Ukraine.  A group of students, staff, and faculty are preparing to launch a humanitarian fundraiser for the victims of the war in Ukraine. This is associated with major official charities in Canada, including Canada Ukraine Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, and UNICEF Canada. The fundraiser will be online (https://www.canadahelps.org/) with receipts issued for each donation. An event page is planned through the Faculty of Engineering to support information events online and on campus. For more information, contact James Baleshta.

Have you heard about the PAC Therapy Clinic that is available for all staff? A chiropractor and athletic therapist works in the PAC facility on campus, providing a variety of treatment options for patients including manual care and active rehabilitation (exercise therapy). For more  information, check the website http://www.gowarriorsgo.ca/therapy and follow their social account on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wloopactherapyclinic/). The staff health care plan provides coverage for both athletic therapy and chiropractic. Due to the campus closures over the last 2.5 years, few staff members are aware that this service is available on campus.

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to participate in the Equity Survey, that was recently re-opened. The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Office and the Office of Indigenous Relations are working with Institutional Analysis and Planning to develop both short- and long-term solutions for the systematic collection of demographic data. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and can be accessed securely through an alert in Workday. The survey will remain open until June 17th.  If you have any questions or would like to request a paper copy of the survey, please send an email to equitysurvey@uwaterloo.ca

The TD Kitchener Blues Festival is back!  After missing 2 years because of the pandemic, the 2022 Festival is on track and you can be a part of it. The festival is looking for people interested in contributing to our community to be a part of a team of over 400 volunteers.  Volunteers with SmartServe certification, festival experience, or just a willingness to pitch in are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, you will have a choice of many roles including serving drinks, selling tickets and merchandise, keeping the venues clean, or setting up gear at the stages.  Being a volunteer means you see the festival from a different vantage point. Working a single four hour shift is really appreciated.  Of course, volunteers have so much fun at the festival, most like to participate a lot longer!  You can find out more about available roles at the festival opportunity directory, https://www.volgistics.com/od/27675. To sign up to volunteer, browse to the volunteer application form at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1639100359. TD Kitchener Blues Festivaltakes place August 4 – 7, 2022. http://www.kitchenerbluesfest.com/

The UWSA is pleased to sponsor the Staff Virtual Equity Circle Conversations, and the next circle conversation takes place on Tuesday, June 28 at 11:30 a.m. To register please click on the following link: https://adric-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5MqcOqsrTMsHtMnOzKR--tlHztfCI9wx1u1 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.

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