UWaterloo Alumni Podcasts

UWaterloo Alumni

UWaterloo Alumni Podcasts present personal stories and professional expertise from our global network of grads. In "Uncharted" alumni open up about their career journeys to inspire your own path. In "Alumni Know" grads share their expertise on today's timely and important topics. "Event Broadcasts" bring UWaterloo alumni events, including lectures and expert panels, straight to your earbuds. read less
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Episodes

Uncharted: Finding Indigenous community feat. Robin Jones-Stadelbauer (BA '12)
Sep 19 2023
Uncharted: Finding Indigenous community feat. Robin Jones-Stadelbauer (BA '12)
Universities are not just schools. They're also communities, and today's guest understands that deeply. Robin Jones-Stadelbauer (BA '12, BA '22)  decided to study social development because she wanted to work with Indigenous communities, like the one she'd grown up in. But her time as a student was difficult. She felt disconnected and isolated from the her Indigenous culture. Eventually, she decided to take a break and moved home. Later, Robin returned to Waterloo as a staff member, and then began taking classes on top of her full-time job. Slowly, two courses per term, she finished her degree. And today, just like she'd hoped, she works with Indigenous folks … at the University of Waterloo. Robin joins the podcast to share her career journey and tell us about the work happening in the Indigenous Relations Office, including the new Indigenous Alumni Group. Mentioned in this episodeOffice of Indigenous Relations: Learn more about the work happening on- and off-campus to advance the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to ActionEvents and Workshops: Browse upcoming events from the Office of Indigenous RelationsWaterloo Commitment Ceremony: Read about the 2022 ceremony where the University of Waterloo committed to decolonization, Indigenization and reconciliationWaterloo welcomes an Eagle Staff: Read about the 2023 ceremony where the University of Waterloo introduced an Eagle Staff as a beacon of reconciliationEngagement and knowledge building: Discover resources and information for allyshipIndigenous Alumni Facebook group: Connect with other Indigenous alumni in your UWaterloo community Alumni Groups: Find a group of Waterloo alumni who live in your location, or share similar backgrounds and interests
Building community with the African Alumni Association
Aug 8 2023
Building community with the African Alumni Association
There are more than 230,000 Waterloo alumni located all over the world. The beauty of having such a large, global community is that you're bound to find other alumni you can connect with — people who come from a similar background, live in the same city, or share the same interests as you. In this episode, we speak with alumni who are helping to facilitate those connections. Thoko Phiri (PhD '18) and Margaret Mutumba (PhD '23) both came to Waterloo as international graduate students in the Health Faculty. After graduation, they stayed connected with a large group of African students and alumni, finding and providing support within that community. Last year they connected with the University's Alumni Relations office, looking to expand the group. Today, the African Alumni Association is one of our volunteer-driven alumni groups that works with Waterloo to connect and support graduates worldwide. Thoko and Margaret join the podcast to share how the association got started, what supports are available, and how you can get involved. Mentioned in this episodeSankofa Pathways to University: https://bit.ly/440guMzBring on the Sunshine: https://bringonthesunshine.ca/Follow the African Alumni Association on Instagram: @uowaaaFollow the African Alumni Association on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uwaaa/Email the African Alumni Association: uwafricanalumni@gmail.comFind more Alumni Affinity Groups for Waterloo grads: https://bit.ly/3QAb1sK
Uncharted: I don't want to be quiet feat. Sam Spizzirri (BA '19)
Jul 6 2023
Uncharted: I don't want to be quiet feat. Sam Spizzirri (BA '19)
On June 28, 2023, two weeks after we recorded this episode, the University of Waterloo was confronted by a hate-motivated, violent attack. A professor and two students in the Philosophy 202/Gender and Social Justice 222 course were attacked because they were exploring issues related to society and gender.  As a community, we stand united against all forms of violence, hatred and bigotry. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for everyone.  While it was recorded before the horrific attack on June 28, the topics we explore in this episode are  relevant and vital. Our guest is an alum who found a sense of belonging and self in Waterloo's 2SLGBTQIA+ community. They are an advocate and fierce supporter of gender-inclusive initiatives on our campus and they speak passionately about why these initiatives are important. I hope this episode exemplifies the strong, supportive community we aim to provide at the University of Waterloo. Hate has no place here.  If you feel impacted by recent events, support is available: uwaterloo.ca/news/prioritizing-well-being--Sam Spizzirri (BA '19) entered Waterloo's Sexuality, Marriage and Family program looking to prepare for a career in family law. But instead Sam found a supportive community where they could truly be themselves. That community opened new doors, and eventually led them to a career as a support provider and advocate. After graduation, Sam worked for the  AIDS Committee for Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area where their work helped to build health care teams and improve food support. Eventually, they came back to campus to support the community they loved so much as a student. Today, Sam works with an array of student-led programs, including the Glow and Women's Centres.They join the podcast to talk about how local communities have supported them, and why they pursued a career where they could offer support back.  Follow us on social media to meet more alumni like Sam.Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/uwaterlooalumni/LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/uwaterlooalumni/Twitter:  https://twitter.com/uwaterlooalumni?lang=enFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/uwaterlooalumni