Laurier Strategy: 2019-2024

Today. Tomorrow. Together.

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Mission 2019-2024


Laurier will excel at creating a thriving community where all members of our comprehensive university can reach their potential. From this foundation, we will develop future-ready people who will transform where they live, work, and continue to learn.




Wilfrid Laurier University is renowned as an exceptional learning community. From our roots in Kitchener-Waterloo as a small Lutheran seminary that opened its doors in 1911, we have evolved into a comprehensive, multi-campus, multi-community university with an expanding research profile. Since the turn of this century, our institution has experienced historic growth, while maintaining the small-campus feel and student-focused approach to postsecondary education that form the essence of Laurier.

The foundation of Laurier’s success is this collegial spirit. It informs our academics, research, and relationships with each other, our host communities, and communities around the world. Throughout the consultation process central to developing the strategic plan, students, faculty, staff, and alumni overwhelmingly spoke of our university’s unique character and the desire to preserve it.

This sense of community is built on Laurier’s commitment to purposeful learning and research. Every day our people build meaningful relationships that have lasting impact, whether it is between students and faculty, staff and alumni, graduates and employers, researchers and community organizations, or entrepreneurs and investors. Through collaboration we find inspiration.

As we look ahead to the next decade, it is Laurier’s spirit of community that will propel us forward as we innovate to meet challenges and harness opportunities. Successfully navigating these changes requires adaptability, creativity, and partnership. We have a significant contribution to make as we educate and inspire.

The core underpinnings of a university education will remain constant. Students require intense intellectual engagement combined with hands-on learning that prepares them as engaged members of their communities, who are innovative and ready to work together to solve the challenges of the future.

Laurier is committed to academic excellence, research, scholarship and creative endeavours that advance knowledge to improve the quality of life, build bridges inside and outside the university, and contribute to local and global economies. Laurier’s long tradition of community provides the foundation for our Laurier Strategy: 2019-2024. The strategy sets direction that clearly defines who we are, where we are headed and how we will move forward together.

The Strategy


Thriving Community


Laurier excels at creating a culture of engagement that develops the whole person and builds reciprocal community relationships…

Enriching Partnerships facilitating mutually-supportive relationships with alumni, other educational institutions, government, Indigenous communities, industry, and the not-for-profit sector.

Inclusive Community

…by fostering a highly personalized equitable, diverse, and inclusive community in which all members can experience the powerful sense of belonging that has distinguished Laurier throughout its history.


…by pursuing enhanced and accelerated initiatives to integrate Indigenous knowledges and practices across the university.

Intellectual Climate

…by facilitating the expression, testing, and challenging of a range of perspectives and ideas grounded in reason, evidence, and frameworks of knowledge and creativity.


…by increasing internationalization of the university to cultivate global citizens with strong intercultural competence.



Laurier excels at preparing people for whatever challenges the future brings…

Credential Innovation expanding the range of credentials to address the needs of people at all stages of life and career and to enhance lifelong learning.

Enduring Skills developing a range of competencies (knowledge, skills, and attributes) that lead to innovative and creative thinking, collaboration, adaptability, good judgment, ethical action and leadership.

Engaged Research connecting research, scholarship and creative activity with communities and across disciplines to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Experiential Learning augmenting experiential opportunities that encourage reflection, expand knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and heighten self-awareness for all students.


…by leading the sector in environmental sustainability of our campuses and inspiring the incorporation of sustainable practices in society and the economy.