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The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Please note: During the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person events are cancelled but the Glow Centre is maintaining some in-person office hours when it is safe to do so. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about our current hours and virtual activities!
Glow is the oldest continually-running university-based 2SLGBTQ+ group in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, Glow promotes a healthy attitude towards all sexual orientations and gender identities on the UWaterloo campus by providing a wide variety of peer support, social events, advocacy work, and resources.
The Glow Centre is located in the Student Life Centre, up a set of stairs off the Great Hall on the QNC side of the building. Look for the microwave! The accessible entrance is located by the SLC entrance closest to the SLC patio. If you need directions, the knowledgeable staff at the Turnkey Desk in the Great Hall are available 24/7.
Glow provides confidential peer support to undergrads with appointment times available every week. Peer support is provided by trained Glow volunteers for queer, trans, and questioning students. To book an appointment please visit WUSA Peer Support.
The University of Waterloo and the Glow Centre are situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River<http://www.sixnations.ca/>, and is the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
The teachings we hold around sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, are largely westernized, and diverse expressions of gender and sexuality have long predated the colonization of Turtle Island. Since we have gathered around the premise of supporting the gender and sexually diverse students on our campus, we also want to acknowledge that we are fighting for rights to identities that have a history on these lands. Two-spirit people have existed on this land for thousands of years as revered members of their communities, but have been subjected to historical erasure by settlers.
The Glow Centre’s community was not the first gathering of queer and trans people on this land, and we do not claim to be. We acknowledge those who have been here before us and stand in solidarity with the local communities of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
Incident Report Form
The Glow Centre is meant to be a safe space where anyone can feel comfortable to share their experience and learn from other individuals. If you have ever felt unsafe or uncomfortable, we want to know so we can do better in the future. Please fill out the Incident Reporting Form with any issues, no matter how small. Some examples of incidents are someone being disrespectful of pronouns, someone talking about a sensitive subject without asking everyone’s consent, someone being inconsiderate of other’s privacy, etc ...
There are multiple ways to get involved with the Glow Centre! The easiest way is to join us for one of our regular events or check us out online. You can find us on Facebook @glowuw and Instagram @uwglow to stay up to date!
If you are looking for a more impactful way to get involved the Glow Centre, we’re run by passionate undergrad students and we are always looking for new volunteers. We hire every term about 2 months prior to the start of the term. You can discover all our open positions on LEADS.
Meetings and Events
Glow hosts regular events that are meant to be low key get togethers to meet new people, learn about current 2SLGBTQ+ issues, and have a little fun in a safe space. Events include movie nights, board game nights, and discussion circles on a particular topic. Upcoming event details will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram!
While our services are primarily targeted towards the UWaterloo campus community, Glow makes every effort to include the community at large, when possible. We encourage all students to be active in the queer and trans KW community! The city is full of resources and events, many of which you can find by searching through the Rainbow Pages: a resource compiled by Spectrum.
Have an idea or suggestion about how we can improve or add to what we do? We want to hear from you! Fill out our anonymous feedback form.
Glow maintains a collection of books, magazines, movies, and TV series on DVD that are available for undergrads to access.
Borrowing Resources: Glow’s books may be borrowed by UWaterloo undergrads for a 120-day period by going to the Glow Centre to sign a resource out with your student number or by contacting the Operations Director. Browse Glow’s book list to see what we have available. Let us know if you have book suggestions by emailing the Operations Director.
Non-Borrowable Resources: Glow’s other resources not allowed to be taken out of the Centre, including magazines, movies, and TV shows. These resources can be enjoyed while in the Glow Centre only. Browse Glow’s Movie list to see what we have available. Let us know if you have movie suggestions by emailing the Operations Director.
Other Resources: If you are looking for a specific title and we don’t have it, get in touch and one of our volunteers can try to help you track it down. The UWaterloo libraries, the city libraries Waterloo and Kitchener, the W Store, and many other local bookstores all carry small collections of queer titles.
Donating to the Library: Glow accepts donations of books, magazines, videos, music, and other resources from the general public. If you are interested in donating, please contact our Operations Director.
Glow is committed to serving trans-identified and gender variant persons by making relevant resources accessible. If you or someone you know are having difficulty/have questions in accessing services and resources at the University of Waterloo please let Glow know (by whichever means you feel most comfortable – email, phone, in person) and we will do our best to find the information you are looking for.
Discover the Trans resources that are available to you.
Gender Neutral Washrooms
The Inclusive Bathroom Initiative, run by the Equity Office at the University of Waterloo, has been developing an action plan to create more inclusive bathrooms on campus.
Our Three Policies
At the Glow Centre, we value the identities, experiences, and privacy of centre users. We have established three specific policies (confidentiality, safe space, and inclusion), which are used by volunteers to ensure that a positive and welcoming environment can be accessed at any of the spaces Glow operates in. Our executive team and volunteers are committed to upholding these policies as members of a WUSA Student Run Service. Read more about our Policies.