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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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Fall Term Coffee Chats

October Coffee Chat: Campus Wellness, Health Promotion on Campus
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Location: DC 1302
Time: 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

  • Jennifer McCorriston, Associate Director, Health Promotion
    • Overview of Health Promotion and the new health promotion unit within Campus Wellness
    • Adoption of the Okanagan Charter on campus
    • Current projects for health promotion (e.g. mental health literacy training project, Thrive week)
    • New campus wellness materials (e.g. Supporting out Students guide) 

*Please note: The Registrar’s Office will mbe making a brief announcement regarding advisement reports at 8:40, with Jennifer beginning at 8:45.

November Coffee Chat:
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Location: DC 1302
Time: 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

December Coffee Chat: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Location: DC 1302
Time: 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Spring Term Coffee Chats

August Coffee Chat: The Centre
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Location: DC 1302
Time: 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

  • Nancy Heide, Director, Student Service Centre


The Centre will formally launch on the first floor of Needles Hall late Fall 2018 and will combine the front-facing services of Graduate Studies & Post-Doctoral Affairs, Registrar’s Office, including Student Awards & Financial Aid, and the Student Success Office. Other student service units involved are Finance/Student Financial Services, Parking, and WatCard, with more to come! Nancy will share what’s already new for students, what improvements are in the works, what the space will look like, and what software platforms will be used, including a queuing/case management/appointment booking system and a knowledge base system. 

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