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Posted October 2, 2009

University of Waterloo celebrates diversity with One Waterloo campaign

WATERLOO - The Federation of Students and the student life office at the University of Waterloo will this Friday celebrate the success of their annual diversity campaign One Waterloo.

One Waterloo, now entering its fifth year, recognizes personal differences and engages the campus community in a dialogue about diversity. Members envision a campus where differences are not just recognized, but celebrated. Student and staff organizers will launch the campaign's fifth year with activities from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the student life centre.

"One Waterloo is a campaign designed to do more than affirm Waterloo's commitment to values of respecting differences," said One Waterloo co-chair Johnny Trinh. "It also serves to provide an environment to engage in a dialogue about diversity through events and influential speakers."

Programming for Friday's launch celebrations includes interesting new media from past One Waterloo events, free refreshments and opportunities for student volunteers to join the One Waterloo planning team. Event highlights include a guest lecture by Sean Jackson, chief executive officer of Ecordia, speaking on diversity, cultural sensitivity and implementing positive change in a community.

One Waterloo is also introducing new initiatives this fall. On Oct. 13 to 17, One Waterloo will join Waterloo's queer group GLOW and other campus support services to host a coming out week for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning community. In November, attention turns to an exploration of disabilities and differing abilities as well as faith and religion.

Many of the services on campus promote the support available to queer and questioning students of Waterloo's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning community.

There are also programs that bring attention to disabilities, and the differently abled, raising awareness of the support services available to students. In addition, One Waterloo celebrates the cultural diversity of different ethnic groups and their faiths.

Anyone interested in getting involved with One Waterloo planning is encouraged to attend Friday's launch celebration, where they can meet the One Waterloo co-chairs and other campus partners. They can also contact Trinh and his co-chair Sarah Cook with the Federation of Students.

The One Waterloo began in the fall of 2005 as a partnership between the feds and student life office. To learn more about the campaign, please visit http://diversity.uwaterloo.ca/.

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