All undergraduate students at the University of Victoria are members of the UVic Students' Society (UVSS), Local 44 of the Canadian Federation of Students. The Students' Society exists to provide advocacy, representation, services and events for its members. The Society works on issues affecting student life, such as post-secondary funding, tuition fees, accessibility, employment and housing.
The UVic Students Society is an active member (Local 44) in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), Canadas national students organization. The CFS provides students with a united voice at both the provincial and national levels. The CFS advocates for a high-quality and accessible system of public post-secondary education by conducting research, mobilizing members and lobbying provincial and federal governments. As well, the Federation provides a series of services designed to save students money while supporting their everyday needs. These include the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), Studentsaver, the National Student Health Network, Homes4students.ca, the Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) and Travel CUTS.
The activities of the UVic Students' Society are carried out by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of eleven volunteer directors-at-large and four full-time executive directorsthe Director of Services, the Director of Academics, the Director of Finance and the Chairperson. Elections for these positions take place in March. As well, the Women's Centre, the Pride Collective, the Native Students' Union, the Students of Colour Collective and Access UVic each have a representative on the Board. The Board meets twice each month throughout the year and all students are welcome to attend.
Through their Students' Society, students can participate in clubs and course unions, speakers forums, events, conferences and other activities which take place regularly in the SUB. Being an active member of the UVic Students' Society is one of the most important ways students can contribute positively to their experiences on and off campus. Involvement may include voting in elections, attending general meetings of the Society, getting involved in one of the many committees such as Political Action, Special Events or Finance, or running for a position on the UVic Students' Society Board of Directors, Senate or UVic Board of Governors. By becoming an active member of the UVSS, students help create a fuller educational experience for themselves and others and a better future for students at UVic and across Canada.
The UVic Students Society operates the Student Union Building (SUB), run by students for students. The SUB offers a wide range of services and programs, including the following:
Also located in the SUB are the following important services:
The Native Students Union (NSU) works towards empowering aboriginal students to benefit from their education, while at the same time providing an outlet to maintain strong cultural and spiritual ties with other aboriginal students involved in higher education. The NSU offers support and encouragement in the form of regular meetings and social events. Students interested in participating should contact the NSU for more information.
The SSD is the UVSS constituency group that represents the interests of students with disabilities to the UVic community. Our Purpose is to advocate for the full and equal participation of students with a disability in all aspects of the UVic community; raise awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by students with a disability and make recommentations to the UVic community on how to remove these barriers; actively collaborate with all stakeholders of the UVic community to further the interests of students with disabilities on campus; prevent, expose, and eliminate institutional discrimination; and work to create anti-oppressive spaces where students with disabilities can relax, socialize and share experiences. All are Welcome!
Access UVic! is the Advocacy Group of students with disabilities. We are a cross disability alliance working to represent the best interests of disabled students at the University of Victoria. Our commitment is to the removal of barriers to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of university life. Access UVic! actively promote the rights and dignity of all disabled people in society. To learn more, all interested students are invited to call or drop by our Disability Advocacy Centre on the main floor of the SUB.
All students of colour are invited to become active in the Students of Colour Collective. The constituency group represents all self-identified students of colour within the UVic community and is committed to the elimination of racial discrimination, anti-racist education and activism on campus while also providing support and resources. All students are welcome to drop by the office and find out how they can get involved.
Queer people may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, intersexed, transgendered, are questioning, or choose not to embrace a label. UVic Pride advocates on behalf of queer and queer-friendly undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. UVic Pride is a political and social group offering many programs throughout the year. The Pride office is open for drop-in most days during the school year. Our lending-library collection includes books, videos, and back-issue magazines from our variety of subscriptions. The mandate of UVic Pride is to raise awareness on campus and in the community about queer-specific issues and heterosexism, and to provide a safe and welcoming space to all queer and queer-friendly people. Interested people are welcome to contact us by phone or email, drop by the office, or visit our website for more information.
The Ombudsperson is an independent and impartial investigator equipped to help students with appeals, complaints, referrals and questions. The Office of the Ombudsperson seeks to ensure that people are treated with fairness and that on-campus decisions are made in an open manner. The Ombudsperson can give students valuable information and assist in a variety of confidential matters.
The UVSS Women's Centre is a collectively run drop-in centre open to all self-identified women. The centre seeks to provide a space for self-identified women to organize, access resources, attend workshops and relax. The Women's Centre is committed to education and activism around racism, heterosexism, ableism and colonialism. The Centre offers many volunteer opportunities, such as office and library assistance and committee organizing. The Womens Centre also publishes an anti-racist, feminist zine, Thirdspace. Collective members and volunteers are encouraged to organize around personal areas of interest, such as sex and sexuality, health, body image, environment, globalization and the practice of feminist theory. For more information, drop by the Centre, get involved, and be a part of the movement!
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00
CFUV is UVics campus/community radio station. CFUV programming ranges from rock, hip-hop and electronic to folk, jazz, multicultural and public affairs. CFUV is funded through a student levy and community fund-raising. A large body of volunteers comprised of UVic students and community members help run the station, along with staff and work-studies. Students interested in volunteering are invited to visit or phone the station during office hours. Previous radio experience is not necessary.
The Martlet is UVic's independent student newspaper, available online <martlet.ca> and in print. New issues are distributed every Thursday on campus and throughout Greater Victoria. The Martlet is written by students and is editorially and financially independent. Students interested in volunteering are invited to visit or call the Martlet Office.
VIPIRG is an autonomous, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. All undergraduate and graduate students are members of VIPIRG.
VIPIRG provides opportunities for students and community members to effect positive social and environmental change. By becoming active members, students can be exposed to new ideas, meet new friends, learn new skills, and find an outlet for activism. VIPIRG offers an extensive alternative library with a wide selection of magazines, books, videos and dvds, and research reports. VIPIRG conducts research and undertakes action projects on a wide range of social justice and environmental issues. There are also a number of volunteer-driven, issue-based working groups working out of VIPIRG at any given time. Students interested in being part of any of these committees, or with ideas for one, are invited to visit or call the VIPIRG office.
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