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.
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, 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.
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.
Glow strives to build and educate on inclusive practices within the University of Waterloo and beyond. It is important for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to be inclusive of and recognize the intersectionality of racial, ethnic, religious, and other social identities. The Glow Centre has developed resources to share with the goal of promoting and educating based on these principles.
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. View our Policies below.