Hello January,

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.


Happy 2020! UWSA's President Lawrence Folland looks back on his very busy December in his latest blog, titled President's update - January 2020.

Staff and Faculty Days tickets are available. The first one takes place Saturday, January 11th with 25 free tickets available, sponsored by Campus Dentist. Get your tickets at gowarriorsgo.ca/tickets

Print + Retail Solutions want to know: What does your UWaterloo jacket mean to you? Are you the proud owner of an iconic University of Waterloo leather jacket? We’d love to hear from you! We know how special it is to be part of an institution recognized globally for its innovation, its ongoing contributions to research and its status as a top-ranking university. Who wouldn't want to show that off? If you’re a University of Waterloo graduate who’s been wearing your UWaterloo pride on your sleeve with a custom jacket, and would like to be featured on our social channels as part of our UWaterloo Jacket Day messaging, please send the following to wstore@lists.uwaterloo.ca:

  • Name
  • Graduating year
  • Photo of your UWaterloo jacket (or of yourself wearing your jacket!)
  • Your answer to the question “What does your UWaterloo jacket mean to you?”

 Jacket Day takes place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 10am – 4pm in the SCH Concourse. More info can be found here: https://wstore.uwaterloo.ca/services-resources/leather-jacket.html

W3 is collecting donations for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge chapter of the Period Purse to benefit marginalized menstruators. Backpacks/totes, period products, winter gloves/mittens and hats, sweet treats like granola bars and chocolates are most appreciated.

On January 29th, join W3 for Community-Based Digital Storytelling with Aynur Kadir and Kimberly Lopez (12-1). “We are not a machine”: Hearing Embodied Stories of Care to Support Sustainable Caring Work (Lopez)  Abstract: Racialised women working in long-term care (LTC) homes as personal support workers (PSWs) are over-represented in labours of care when compared to other sectors of the workforce. Physical and emotional stresses of the body are intimately linked to labours of caring. Critical narrative inquiry, critical race and feminist theories, and the perspectives of labouring bodies contextualise corporeal stories of invisibility as a result of intricate, complex, and intersectional marginalisations experienced in care settings. Towards change in LTC home processes, this presentation discusses body mapping and digital storytelling as transformative methods that support the critique of care processes rooted in social structures working to racialise, gender, and class bodies. Four recommendations for care practice reform towards self-preserving and restorative care structures will also be presented. Collaborative Indigenous Media: Participatory design for Indigenous Art and Cultural Heritage (Kadir) Abstract: Heritage institutions such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) embrace digital technology to tell intangible stories about their tangible artifacts and to make these stories accessible to the public they serve. However, the collaborative nature of this process is known in the industry to be expensive, time-consuming, and most importantly, challenging to adequately represent the narrative sensibilities of Indigenous Knowledge. How can researchers work with community stakeholders and GLAMs to facilitate the representation of Indigenous art and cultural heritage and their intangible qualities? This presentation analyses two virtual museum projects and three physical exhibitions that present large scale Indigenous multimedia artefacts (co-designed by the speaker) to assess and analyze the challenges and benefits of collaborative methodology and its future direction. Contact Laura McDonald for more information.

Explore Winter 2020’s education and training opportunities from the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office. Their trainings and workshops aim to create space and opportunity for conversation, learning, and exchange. Offerings this term include Indigenous Initiatives, Equity, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and Conflict Management and Human Rights.  Most trainings are hands-on, interactive, and designed for small groups, while some trainings are available online at a time and place convenient to you.

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