We also recognize that accelerating climate change

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We also recognize that accelerating climate change will magnify existing societal issues, with marginalized communities being among the most affected. Our students, employees, partners and stakeholders around the world will be looking to Waterloo for leadership as we model transformative changes for a sustainable future. 175 of 181
| STRATEGIC PLAN 2020-2025 UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO | 20 Strengthening sustainable and diverse communities: GOALS AND OBJECTIVES GOAL Be a people-centered institution committed to genuine care, concern, respect, inclusivity and well-being for all. OBJECTIVES › Working in partnership with all stakeholders, mobilize the commitments from the Okanagan Charter and Healthy Workplace statement to embed and promote sustainability and foster personal development and supportive environments for mental health and resilience, physical health, social inclusion, belonging and spiritual well-being in campus culture. › Nurture relationships between faculty and students to promote academic curiosity and risk-taking in a safe and supportive community of learners. › Create a supportive environment for international students that also celebrates their contributions to our diverse community. GOAL Foster a connected and supportive community that inspires students, faculty, staff and alumni to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals while feeling valued. OBJECTIVES › Intentionally develop programming to inspire collaboration for shared research, teaching, learning and community building opportunities among our students, faculty, staff and alumni. › Develop a culture of involvement that fosters inclusivity and a sense of belonging. › Sustain a meaningful relationship with alumni around the world that includes peer support, social connection and learning over their lifetime. › Ensure co-op students experience continued connection to the University during their work terms. › Broaden our understanding and engagement of communities on our campuses and with our alumni, external partners, regional, national and international communities. 176 of 181
| STRATEGIC PLAN 2020-2025 UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO | 21 GOAL Promote and support Indigenous initiatives and a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity for all. OBJECTIVES › Embrace and act upon the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations and calls to action and build stronger relationships with our local Indigenous community. › Improve the representation, participation and engagement of equity-seeking groups within our community. › Advance programs, policies and processes that foster equity, diversity and inclusivity. GOAL Continue to leverage our resources to engage, develop and build our capacity and infrastructure to create a sustainable and effective institution.

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