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Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Please note that the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI) continues to provide student supports and services remotely. Contact us via diversity@wlu.ca for all inquiries.

The Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI) works to cultivate a culture on campus that respects and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and social justice in all aspects of Laurier – from classrooms to residence communities. The Centre provides support, education and spaces for students to find community and engage in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Reasons you may choose to connect with us: 

  1. You are seeking support for yourself or someone you know after an experience of harm such as racial discrimination, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, or colonial violence.
  2. You are seeking community and would like to be connected to CSEDI student-run services that provide peer support, educational and social opportunities.
  3. You are seeking advocacy, systems navigation, or support with internal or external institutional processes.
  4. You are seeking education and resources related to student equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
  5. You are interested in research and policy related to student EDI.
  6. You are interested in EDI student staff, practicum, service learning or experiential learning opportunities.

On the Waterloo campus we offer:

Four student services: the Association of Black Students (ABS), Rainbow Centre (RC), Centre for Women and Trans People (CWT) and the Muslim Students' Association. These student services offer safer spaces for students who identify with these groups (as well as for their allies); they also provide volunteer, social, and educational opportunities.

Multi-faith support and resources: The Multi-Faith Resource Team is made up of the university chaplains. The chaplains provide support and resources on theological and spiritual issues to people from all religious traditions. Please note: the Multi-Faith Resource Team is located in the Room 2C10, Arts Building (and not in MacHouse Residence). Laurier offers a Multi-Faith Prayer Space, open to everyone, located in Room P101, Peters Building.

Support and Community Connections: We provide a range of formal and informal supports including advocacy and information for those experiencing marginalization, community referrals, and academic research support. We're also happy to engage in conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. For more information on support, see Community Connections and Support.

Education: We have a resource library that’s available to all students. We also offer programming throughout the year on a wide variety of topics. One of our most popular programs is the Diversity Certificate Program – sign up to attend a series of interactive, student-led workshops with recognition of your Laurier Experience Record.

On the Brantford campus we offer:

Five student services: Black Student Collective (BSC), Queer Sphere, Laurier Brantford Women’s Centre (LBWC), Student Advocates for Accessibility (SAFA), and Laurier Brantford Muslim Students’ Association. These student services offer safer spaces for students who identify with these groups (as well as for their allies); they also provide volunteer, social, and educational opportunities.

Multi-Faith support and resources: We are able to assist students in finding community, including connecting with spiritual supports. Please contact us for a list of Chaplains in our community.

Support and Community Connections: We provide a range of formal and informal supports including advocacy and information for those experiencing marginalization, community referrals, and academic research support. For more information on support, see Community Connections and Support

Practicum Opportunities: We provide students with practicum, placement, service learning, and other paraprofessional opportunities. If you’re in a program that includes a practicum experience and you’re interested in working with us, please contact lburrows@wlu.ca.