Public university offers racially segregated swim time for ‘Black folx’


The University of Waterloo is setting aside one hour a week specifically for “Black folx” to swim in the campus pool — so they can “build a better relationship with water.”

“The aim,” the university says in the activity’s description, “is to get more Black Folx into a space where they haven’t always been welcomed.”

Those interested in taking lessons “will be taught by experienced black swimmers/instructors.”

UW, which includes a Native land acknowledgment on its main website, is a Canadian public university.

And that’s not all, as reported by True North: UW also offers specific swim times for transgender, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, as well as identity-exclusive workout and rock climbing opportunities (pictured).

The “Trans, Non-Binary, & 2SLGBTQ+” swim time notes that “if you are not trans or non-binary, or participating with a someone who is, please respect this space and come at another time when space is open to all users.”

True North notes the U. Waterloo Department of Athletics and Recreation has “embraced” DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion — EDI in Canada) measures “including initiatives led by the Athletic Alliance who are focused on creating positive systemic changes through recognition, education towards and action against racism.”