Events - 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
Student researcher on mental health

The University of Waterloo's second annual Student Mental Health Research Conference brought together members of our campus community to share knowledge, connect researchers, and promote mental wellness through presentations and interactive Q&A sessions. View the recording of the conference.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
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We often hear people say “take care of yourself”. What does this really mean? The COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges: social isolation, worry over family and friends, concern for our own well-being, and changes to work and home routines. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care. This one-hour hour session will increase participant’s awareness and understanding of self-care and highlight the factors that can promote and preserve their health and well-being during the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will gain practical tools and resources to activate their own personal self-care practice.

Friday, November 5, 2021 — 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Time is a precious resource. The phrase “time = money” is certainly true in a business setting. Individuals require balance in their work lives so that they can meet both their job requirements and personal needs. Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful? This session will explore answers to this question.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Join us for a panel discussion on November 4 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST on the mental health consequences of climate change, commonly referred to as “climate grief” or “eco-anxiety.” Please register and submit your questions for the panel.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 — 1:00 PM EDT to Friday, November 19, 2021 — 1:00 PM EST
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Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People has become an annual installation since 2016 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 — 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Join us on November 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST to dance out the stress, the emotion and the challenges of this past year and a half, and celebrate moving forward together. This is a free of cost event that is open to students, faculty and staff.

Monday, November 1, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Join our special guest, award-winning Chef Javier for a virtual home cooking event on November 1 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST. You will have the opportunity to explore your cooking talents by following Chef Javier’s affordable and delicious recipe for Huevos Rancheros. Register for Mindful Morsels to participate in making this delicious recipe!

Monday, November 1, 2021 (all day) to Friday, November 12, 2021 (all day)
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The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies is bringing back the Fall and Wellness Scavenger Hunts for Thrive Month. The purpose of these scavenger hunts are to promote wellbeing through time spent out in nature, exercise, relaxation, and self-care activities.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Join UW United Way and Chef Mark Meinzinger for a live cooking show as they make Polenta, a simple yet versatile meal that can be prepared in so many different ways. Register to watch the live stream from the comfort of your own home and follow along this quick and easy meal that is guaranteed to satisfy all!

Monday, October 25, 2021 — 7:00 PM EDT to Monday, December 6, 2021 — 7:00 PM EST
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Join us for weekly meditations - a great opportunity to take a few minutes to be centred, let go, and nurture your own wellness.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
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In collaboration with the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART), we will be hosting a panel discussion  on intersectionality (the convergence of two or more identities within a person) and its effects on health and wellbeing. Please register for the discussion to receive the link to join.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 — 8:30 AM to Saturday, April 30, 2022 — 4:30 PM EDT
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Connect with our larger community through an act of service! The SJ Acts program offers opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community service volunteer positions.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
University of Waterloo School of Architecture

Please join the School of Architecture as we Stride to Thrive along the Grand River. Meet at the back terrace at 12:30PM to begin the Thrive Walk, followed by socially-distanced apple cider at 1:15PM. We look forward to walking the streets and enjoying Fall treats with students, staff, and faculty.

Registration is not required.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (all day) to Friday, November 12, 2021 (all day)
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Share your mental health and wellness journey by expressing how you manage and destigmatize mental health challenges through writing, music, or any expression of art. Submit your creative piece on the Thrive Creative Showcase Submission between October 19 - November 11.

Monday, October 18, 2021 — 10:00 PM EDT
Thrive event partner banner for Building a Growth Mindset workshop from Renison University College

In this workshop, you will explore the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, highlight your strengths, and set goals to improve your weaknesses. All students in the University of Waterloo community are welcome. View event links through the Renison virtual events website.

Monday, October 18, 2021 — 12:30 PM EDT
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Participate in the Thrive Walk at Stratford with student, staff and faculty. Meet in the atrium at 12:15 pm to get ready and receive an awesome Thrive t-shirt! The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Monday, October 18, 2021 — 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM EDT
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Kick-off Thrive Month by joining the annual Thrive Walk on campus, in your neighbourhood, or at home! If you're joining us on campus, there will be two locations where you will meet with a lead. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed and participants will be required to wear a face covering and remain 6ft apart during the walk. Please register to participate in the walk.

Monday, October 18, 2021 — 8:00 AM EDT
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Thrive all year long with Warrior Recreation! Join webinars, online fitness classes, and create personalized nutrition plans. All fitness & wellness classes encompass a holistic approach and incorporate many different styles, techniques, and activities. Regardless of gender, age, or fitness level, you will find a class suitable for you.

Monday, September 20, 2021 (all day) to Monday, December 20, 2021 (all day)
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If Trauma Could Echo is a community-based project that acknowledges and grieves the untold stories of trauma collected from students, staff, and faculty at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. This project accompanies Yasmeen Nematt Alla's exhibit at the Grebel GalleryNot Traumatic Enough for a Shock Blanket.

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