Service Description 

Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity (RAISE) is a student-led Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) service launching Winter 2019. This service is intended to address racism and xenophobia on Waterloo's campus with initiatives such as: a formal racism reporting mechanism, peer-support and social events to create an uplifting community.

Mission: This Service works to partner with the University of Waterloo to acknowledge and address the impacts of racism, using an anti-oppression approach to dismantle systematic barriers that limit the success and affect the experiences of students on campus.

Pillars of Service:

  1. Education and Advocacy
  2. Peer-to-Peer Support
  3. Events, Community Building, and Outreach

Benefits of Volunteering with RAISE:

  • Exposure to a wide variety of events celebrating the cultural diversity of the UW campus
  • Access to the office after hours as a study space
  • Build on interpersonal skills including communication, organization, and time management through office hours and other commitments
  • Provides the opportunity to develop and/or refine a critical lens on intersectionality and oppression
  • Connect with like-minded peers through monthly socials
  • Given opportunities to engage and work with executives to shape the events and projects, the service is involved in
  • Experience can feed towards the opportunity to advance in service to executive and even coordinator roles

Job Details

Job title: Volunteer – RAISE

Department: Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) student-run service

Reports to: Executive member – Internal Director

Effective date: Spring 2020

Weekly Time Commitment: Between 3-5 hours

Role Description

  • Hold a minimum of 2 office hours per week during which you: ensure the cleanliness of space, provide a welcoming attitude for students entering the office, post a quote of the day, keep up with our library, and be aware of events
  • Be peer support trained and accessible to provide support at any time, but especially during the designated peer support hours
  • Attend socials/monthly meetings and engage with fellow volunteers
  • Must volunteer for a minimum of four events which can include weekly Vibes Nights
  • Be passionate, excited, and dedicated to the mission of the service and be open to learning and self-reflection through this experience

Key Accountabilities

  • MUST be able to attend RAISE peer support and general volunteer training on Sunday, May 10th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Recommended to complete SSO peer mentorship training

Requirements and Assets for this Role

  • Having an open-mind
  • Be ready and willing to learn
  • Be aware of issues regarding racialized peoples, intersectionality, and marginalized groups
  • Be understanding of sensitive topics and ready to learn how to navigate difficult conversations which might challenge dominant perspectives
  • Use inclusive language especially in relation to people’s identities including pronouns, preferred names, land acknowledgments


Application Deadline: 2020/5/6 11:30 PM

Application Submission: LEADS Application Form


Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) student-run services are student volunteer-run organizations instituted in order to address unmet needs identified as being important to the student body and best fulfilled by a component of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) student-run services Description.