Diversity and Equity Office

Director, Diversity and Equity Office: Dr. Laura Mae Lindo, llindo@wlu.ca, Rm. 118
Employment Equity & AODA Access Officer: Lynn Kane, lkane@wlu.ca, ext. 4710
Diversity & Leadership Coordinator, Brantford: Melissa Burke, mburke@wlu.ca, ext. 5715
Administrative Assistant: Mary Ola, mola@wlu.ca, ext. 4469
Office Location (Waterloo): Main Floor, MacDonald House
Office Locaton (Brantford): Diversity Lounge, 2nd floor, Rm. 221, Student Centre
Email: deoprwlu@gmail.com  or diversity@wlu.ca
Extension: 3208
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Website: www.wlu.ca/diversity
Blog: http://diversityequityofficewlu.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diversity-Equity-Office-WLU/42651311883
Twitter: @DEO_wlu

The Diversity & Equity Office (DEO) is responsible for supporting and providing diversity, equity and inclusion-related services for students, staff and faculty at all Laurier campuses. The vision of the DEO is to cultivate and support a respect for and engagement with diversity, equity and inclusion within Wilfrid Laurier classrooms, across Wilfrid Laurier campuses and throughout the wider Kitchener, Waterloo and Brantford communities. This can only be accomplished by providing meaningful and ongoing support for students, staff and faculty. The DEO is also hosts the Gendered Violence: Prevention and Response Task Force which aims to encourage institutionalized support for students, staff and faculty who experience and/ or are impacted by gendered violence on or off Wilfrid Laurier University campuses.

Association of Black Students

Location: First floor, Macdonald House, Rm. 100
Telephone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 4551
Email: abs@wlu.ca
Website: www.mylaurier.ca/abs
Hours: Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (during the academic year)

The Association of Black Students (ABS) aims to welcome and inspire all that seek to become more aware and involved with the social injustices and racially based inequalities of the world. As representatives of historically marginalized ethnic communities, the members of ABS encourage people to listen and support one another in the presence of the challenges they may face and empower other students to be agents of change within the Laurier and Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Multi-Faith Resource Team

Location: Room 1-C12A Arts Building
(519) 884-0710, ext. 3587
Office Hours:
please check the website for the latest hours

The Multi-Faith Resource Team, which includes the university Chaplains, is available to assist students in their efforts to research or discuss ethical and theological issues. Realizing that university is a place which offers opportunity for students to enhance their own religious base and to be challenged by unfamiliar faith stances, the Resource Team is available for support and guidance.

Rainbow Centre

Location: First floor, Macdonald House, Rm. 104
Telephone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 3010
Email: rainbow@wlu.ca
Website: www.mylaurier.ca/rainbow
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (during the academic year

Be You. Be Proud. The WLU Rainbow Centre is dedicated to enhancing the university environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer individuals in the Laurier Community through awareness promotion, education, advocacy and support.

The Rainbow Centre is an inclusive safer space on campus that is available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are interested in learning about the Queer community. The Rainbow Centre is open to those who are LGBTQ+ identified, as well as anyone who is queer-friendly or an ally. Members of the Rainbow Centre assist in providing awareness training, programming, and support to fellow peers and to the greater university community.

Centre for Women and Trans People

Location: First floor, Macdonald House, Rm. 119
Telephone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 4444
Email: cwt@wlu.ca
Website: www.mylaurier.ca/cwt
Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Friday by appointment

The Centre for Women and Trans People (CWT) is a student service that strives to build a community of people and ideas that challenge and examine gender inequalities. We firmly believe that everyone should have equal access to education in a positive learning environment. We hope to provide a space where women and trans people can feel safe and affirmed, in recognition of the gender-specific barriers and inequalities that they often face.

In an effort to instigate change, this women- and trans-positive space offers an extensive collection of academic, community and informational resources, as well as opportunities to actively engage in activism and awareness campaigns. The CWT is also a place to have fun, meet new people, pass the time between classes or unwind at the end of the day.

Student Diversity Committee

The Student Diversity Committee is an initiative within the Diversity and Equity Office and is composed of student leaders and staff that represent many different student service groups and cultural and religious campus clubs on campus.  The main objective of the Student Diversity Committee is to educate the WLU community with respect to diversity, and to celebrate diversity through training, marketing & event planning.