Coffee chats

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UWaterloo Coffee Chats

What is a coffee chat?

Coffee chats are monthly opportunities for UWaterloo faculty and staff to connect, network, share and listen, all while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. They are informal gatherings for faculty and staff to engage in professional development, participate in a dialogue about best practices within the field of advising and learn about the different services and resources available on campus. These events are hosted by the Community of Advisors and the Student Success Office. 

When do coffee chats take place?

Each event begins at 8:30 a.m., with presentations taking place between 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Who's invited?

All UWaterloo faculty and staff are invited, but topics will be geared toward those in academic advising roles. Registration is not required and you are welcome to attend any sessions that interest you.

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Upcoming Winter term Coffee Chats

February 7 - Supporting our student athletes

March 7 - Coming soon

April 4 - Coming soon

Previous Coffee Chats

Community of Advisors

Coffee Chats are presented by the Community of Advisors (COA). The  COA is a steering committee for recommendations relating to undergraduate advising at Waterloo.

COA Mission

The Community of Advisors will enhance the student experience by providing direction, guidance and professional development to staff/faculty in an academic advising role.

COA Goals

  • Provide monthly coffee chats on relevant topics that have an impact on advising
  • Provide direction to the annual advising conference
  • Discuss any challenges advising offices are facing and brainstorm solutions
  • Liaise between faculty and campus partners through the COA chair
  • Oversee the creation of cross-campus advisor training
  • Share information on best practices in academic advising


Luke Balch, Student Success Office (Chair)

Julie-Ann Desrochers, Applied Health Sciences

Eric Breugst and Devon Hutchinson, Arts

Karen Dyck and Bill Owen, Engineering

Karen Robertson, Environment

Andrew Beltaos, Math

Stephen Woods, Science

John Arnou, St Jerome’s

Katie Schulz, Student Success Office