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Statement on Graduate House Winter 2021 Closure

November 26, 2020

After considerable discussion, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) has decided that the Graduate House will be closed for the Winter 2021 term. To that end, the Graduate House fee will not be collected until further notice.

The GSA Board and Management reviewed the changing risk landscape pertaining to COVID-19, including the operational costs and requirements of the Graduate House and new consumer preferences brought about by the ongoing pandemic. We have concluded that this is the right decision to continue protecting the health and safety of our staff and customers.

The last day of Graduate House operations will be December 18, 2020. However, an earlier closure may be required due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Until then, we hope you can stop by for a few more drinks and meals. We also offer takeout!

The GSA will continue to monitor regional and provincial COVID-19 statistics and requirements in relation to the future reopening and operations of the Graduate House. It is our aim to welcome members of our community back to the Graduate House patios soon.

Please note that the GSA is reviewing the possibility of holding occasional events at the Graduate House over the course of the Winter 2021 term. Accordingly, we encourage you to follow the GSA and Graduate House over social media.

Follow the GSA on social media:
▪ Instagram: @gsa.uwaterloo
▪ Facebook: @gsauw
▪ Twitter: @GSA_UWaterloo

Follow the Graduate House on social media:
▪ Instagram: @the_graduate_house
▪ Facebook: @uwgradhouse
▪ Twitter: @UWGraduateHouse

We thank you for your understanding and the continued support from our graduate student membership and wider campus community. Please be sure to stay tuned, and reach out to the GSA ( if you have any questions or concerns.


David Billedeau, President
Jennifer Reid, Board Chair
Cam Bartel, Hospitality Manager

Graduate Student Association - University of Waterloo

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Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. We acknowledge that we work on these territories as beneficiaries of settler colonialism. We also acknowledge that members of our UWaterloo community live on Indigenous territories around the world.

This statement is only a small step in the process of reconciliation. Decolonization requires systemic change. The GSA-UW is committed to this effort.

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