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Policing Black Lives – Book Launch @ REN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at Renison for the launch of the new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Taking place in Renison’s atrium, a panel discussion, focused on subject matter related to the book, will include the author, Robyn Maynard, as well as representatives of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the book

Overview by Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

About the author

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.


Media inquiries may be directed to Brendon Bedford.

Renison’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) @ REN
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Board of Governors of Renison University College invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Renison.

The theme of this meeting is ‘Honouring the past: moving into the future.’

The evening will include a reception and program at 5:00 p.m., featuring an opportunity to learn and learn about the variety of languages Renison teaches.

The business portion of the Annual General Meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to having you with us!

Please confirm your attendance by email.

Parking is available in Renison’s parking lot at a cost of $7.00, payable by credit card or debit.

Night at the Museum
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for event

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867

Join us for this free event as we discover and discuss what it has meant to be a woman in Canada throughout its 150 year history.

This national, travelling exhibit explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work, and everyday life.

Bonus Content: Unmentionables

An interactive talk about the history of women’s underwear.

Registrants for this event will receive free admission, refreshments, and two-way bus transportation** between Renison University College and Waterloo Region Museum.



Bus departing from: Renison University College

Address: 240 Westmount Rd. North, Waterloo, ON

Departure time: 5:30 p.m.

**WatCard or Photo ID required for bus transportation. Only registered attendees qualify for bus transportation.

Renison 2017 Fall Open House
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

You are invited to join us for our upcoming Fall Open House on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm (campus tours will run until 5:00pm).

The entire University of Waterloo community is opening its doors to interested students, their families, friends, and entourage to find out what being a Waterloo student is all about.

Check out and register for campus-wide event information and Renison’s campus- and program-specific Fall Open House events!

Fall Open House is a fantastic opportunity to meet Renison staff, faculty, and students, and to check out our residences and programs.

Renison Tours and Events

In addition to the events running on the main Waterloo campus, Renison will be hosting its very own events and tours to help give you a sneek peak into student life at Renison.

Here’s what you can do at Renison during Fall Open House:


Campus Tours
find out what it’s like to live, learn, and study at Renison by going on one of our campus tours!
10am – 5pm
REN Welcome Center

Social Development Studies (SDS) Info Session

Learn how SDS blends
psychology, sociology, social work, and interdisciplinary
courses to offer students a strong foundation across the
social sciences. Find out how our focus on social impact
and community action can help you discover your path
and hear from one of our grads!

No registration required

10:30 am (30 mins)

REN 2106

Want to be a Social Worker?

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about how
you can work towards becoming a social worker, and
speak with a recent grad about where our Bachelor of
Social Work led them.


11:30am (30 mins)
REN 2106

Renison Booths
Visit our on-campus booths to find out more about Renison student life, programs, leadership opportunities, and Living and Learning Communities. Also did we mention the popcorn machine? There will be a popcorn machine. We’re excited.
10am – 4pm
REN Great Hall Extension (cafeteria)

Academic Fair
Meet an Academic Advisor, current student, faculty member, and/or our Registrar at the Social Development Studies and Renison booths at the Academic Fair!
10am – 4pm
Hagey Hall Hub

If you can’t attend Fall Open House, but would still like to check out Renison, please book a personalized tour of our campus!