Women in Math (WiM)
Women in Mathematics (WiM) exists to encourage and advocate for women* who are interested in studying mathematics and who seek careers in mathematics. The committee engages with cultural and institutional reasons for under-representation, and strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics.
Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is dedicated to promoting gender equity in computing by advocating for and supporting women, trans, gender-fluid, gender-queer, and non-binary students enrolled in computer science and related computing programs at the University of Waterloo. Specifically, WiCS initiatives and events foster community, empowerment, and mentorship:
- to ensure that young women+ see computer science as an option in their studies and their careers
- to create an inclusive learning and working environment in the School of Computer Science
- to connect with other organizations and initiatives for women+ in computing
Women in Engineering (WiE)
Women in Engineering (WiE) at the University of Waterloo aims to provide support for women-identified students and alumni as well as encourage women to become involved in engineering, a field in which women have long been underrepresented. The committee members of WiE are comprised of a variety of backgrounds, thus catering to the diverse needs of students both on and off campus. WiE has been active since 1992, providing resources, programs and networking opportunities for women in engineering programs at the University of Waterloo. The WiE community is inclusive and encourages participation regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or background.
The EngiQueers at the University of Waterloo is a drop-in, anonymous chapter of EngiQueers Canada focused on connecting and supporting LGBTQ2S+ students, both within the Faculty of Engineering and within the community at large. Weekly meetings are held at the engineering student lounge (POETS) or on our Discord (while we are online), to which all are welcome. The chapter also regularly hosts game nights, movie nights, and other social events whilst facilitating the maintenance of a safe, inclusive space on campus for those who identify as a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community and for those who support it.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter at the University of Waterloo supports the academic and professional success of Black engineering students on campus. This goal is fulfilled through a variety of events; for instance, NSBE’s Upper Year Chats allow newer students to tap into the knowledge and experiences of Black upper-year engineering students. Students also have access to the Black Study Hall, where they can socialize, network, and support each other throughout the various stages of their academic career. Ultimately, NSBE aims to improve the overall success of its members, through their academic performance as well as their professional, social, and academic networks.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in Canada
The AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) in Canada chapter at the University of Waterloo provides a culturally-safe space for Indigenous students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff in STEM fields to gather. AISES is committed to fostering an environment in which Indigenous folks can establish meaningful connections with their peers, both at UWaterloo and beyond. Members are kept informed of opportunities such as scholarships, grants, and co-op positions, and the chapter looks forward to hosting more in-person activities, such as lunch with Elder Bill, as COVID-19 restrictions lift. AISES is happy to take suggestions for future events.
Tech+ is a student organization that aims to support students, from all backgrounds, to be confident, knowledgeable, and empowered to pursue a career in the tech industry. The organization creates resources and events for students looking to break into tech, and believes no part of your identity should hinder your access to opportunities or be a roadblock on your path to success.
The Women’s Centre aims to provide a female-positive and supportive environment on campus for all women and trans* folks. The Centre provides students with sexual health resources such as condoms, pads and pregnancy tests; holds peer support hours with an intersectional lens where students can drop by for support on any and all issues; hosts an extensive library of over 900 books that cover a variety of topics surrounding all women and trans women; and holds workshops, events, film screenings, and campaigns to educate on various issues through an intersectional feminist lens.
Glow Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Glow is the oldest continually-running university-based 2SLGBTQ+ group in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, Glow promotes a healthy attitude towards all sexual orientations and gender identities on the UWaterloo campus by providing a wide variety of peer support, social events, advocacy work, and resources.
The Glow Centre is located in the Student Life Centre, up a set of stairs off the Great Hall on the QNC side of the building. Look for the microwave! The accessible entrance is located by the SLC entrance closest to the SLC patio. If you need directions, the knowledgeable staff at the Turnkey Desk in the Great Hall are available 24/7.
QTPOC KW hosts events for people who identify as LGBTQI+ and BIPOC with the goal of building and nurturing a more resilient community in the region, focusing on the lived experiences of those at the intersection of 2SLGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, and POC identities.
Updated on June 7, 2022