Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.42 / 3.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Waterloo’s Policy 33 – Ethical Behaviour, states: That the University of Waterloo is committed to providing an environment which supports and rewards its members on the basis of such relevant factors as work performance and achievement. Harassment, discrimination and the abuse of supervisory authority, for example, are inimical to this environment. Further, as required by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the University has a responsibility to provide an environment free from harassment and discrimination, and accordingly must deal effectively, quickly and fairly with any situation involving claims of harassment or discrimination that come to its attention (taken from https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/policies-procedures-guidelines/policy-33)


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

The UW Conflict Management and Human Rights department has a webpage for guidelines for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination, including for supervisors, teaching assistants, and residence life staff. The guidelines indicate what to do, where to go for help, as well as a training course in harassment, and contact information for the Conflict Management and Human Rights Office if escalation or additional support is needed (https://uwaterloo.ca/conflict-management-human-rights/harassment-and-discrimination)


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Waterloo has several ongoing programs to recruit indigenous students, students from Northern Ontario, and for Ontario Crown Wards. The University of Waterloo continues to partner with St. Paul’s University College and the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre to attended recruitment events targeted for indigenous students (such as the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program). The University has also participated in tours through Northern Ontario to reach typically underserved and often marginalized populations, and has attended and participated in events that support recruitment for Ontario Crown Wards. The University of Waterloo has initiated a new cluster-hiring program that has been launched to support the hire of Black and Indigenous faculty members to address underrepresentation of these groups among faculty. https://uwaterloo.ca/provost/cluster-hiring-initiatives


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

A wide range of programs are available through Counselling Services, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and AccessAbility Services. Counselling Services provides a wide range of services available to any student at the University of Waterloo at no charge. These could include individual appoints in a private and confidential setting, seminars and workshops on cultivating resiliency, managing emotions, alleviating anxiety, developing self-compassion, stress reduction, and group therapy. The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre provides services premised on understanding, respect, and trust, as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Indigenous peoples and cultures. The Centre facilitates the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and provide culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. AccessAbility Services provides academic support for students who have both permanent and temporary disabilities, including full-time, part-time, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as students completing a degree online. Counselling has also hired a Black counsellor to provide therapy and services specifically for Black students, as well as an Indigenous counsellor and a counsellor focused on students who identify as LGBTQ+


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Requests can be made to Housing to seek accommodation depending on the preference of the student, such as for a single room, or suite-style for more private washroom use.

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