Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity (RAISE)


"Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity" (RAISE) is a student-led Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) service launching in the Winter 2019 term. RAISE serves to address racism and xenophobia on the University of Waterloo campus with initiatives reflective of RAISE's three pillars of Education and Advocacy, Peer-to-Peer Support, and Community Building. The initiatives include but are not limited to: formal means to report and confront racism, accessible and considerate peer-support, and organization of social events to cultivate both an uplifting and united community.

RAISE team

Peer Support

RAISE provides confidential peer support for the racialized undergraduate student community. Peer support is provided by trained RAISE volunteers, executives, and coordinators. Our peer support is student-centred and affirms the lived experiences of racialized students through an intersectional and anti-oppressive lens. To book an appointment please visit https://wusa.ca/services/wusa-peer-support.

Incident Report Form

Have you experienced any issue you want us to know about? Fill in this Incident Report Form to let us know.

How it Works

RAISE acts in partnership with the University of Waterloo to publicly acknowledge and effortfully create resolution to the impacts of racial discrimination, using an anti-oppression approach to dismantle systematic barriers that limit the success and affect the experiences of students on campus.

RAISE Mentorship Program

The RAISE Mentorship Program was a pilot program, that started in Winter 2021, that offered academic and interpersonal support to first and second-year racialized students by connecting them with upper-year BIPOC students.

We have now relaunched the program for Fall 2021.

Learn more about our mentors and what support they provide through their mentor profiles. If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please reach out to specialprojects.raise@wusa.ca and or raise@wusa.ca.


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