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UWaterloo Coffee Chats

What is a coffee chat?

Coffee chats are monthly opportunities for Waterloo 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 Waterloo 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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Spring Term Coffee Chats

June Coffee Chat: Supporting the transition of our undergraduate students
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Location: DC 1302
Time: 8:45 - 10:00

  • Candace Brown, Manager International Experience, Student Success Office
  • Ashley McKnight, Coordinator, New Student Transition, Student Success Office
  • Erin Jobidon, Academic Development Specialist, Student Success Office

The University of Waterloo seeks to support students and their families in their successful transition by fostering a welcoming community, articulating expectations, and encouraging a holistic student experience. In this presentation you will learn about how the University of Waterloo supports new undergraduate students in their transition to our campus, including international student support and academic skills within the classroom.

New student transition is supported through a comprehensive strategy, from pre-arrival through to the first six weeks of the term. We will discuss what we know about this year’s incoming undergraduate class and what research tells us about helping students in their transition.

July 4th - Roundtable Discussions

August 1st - Description 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