The GSS is here for you
Learn about how the GSS can help you here.
Through the GSS, you are also a member of many student consituency groups,as well as social and interest-based clubs.
All GSS members pay fees for campus clubs, and are eligible to join or found clubs. Clubs are managed through the undergraduate society, the UVSS, and the GSS Director of Services sits on Clubs Council. See the list of current clubs and their contacts here.
Each semester "Clubs Days" are held in the SUB, where club members provide information about their club, and you can choose which clubs you would like to join.
Graduate students are members of the following constituency groups, located in the Student Union Building:
Native Students’ Union
The UVic Native Students Union is a student-run collective dedicated to supporting the Indigenous student community at the University of Victoria. http://uvicnsu.ca/
The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is your on-campus sexual assault centre. Our support services are totally confidential and available anyone who has experienced sexual violence or knows someone who has.
We are trained to provide emotional support and can act as a bridge for anyone seeking counselling, health and/or legal services. We also have a great resource library, and offer educational workshops and awareness events on-campus. http://antiviolenceproject.org/
The UVSS Women's Centre is a feminist grass roots collective funded by UVic students. Run by a volunteer collective made up of self-identified women we strive towards providing a safe(r) space for women on campus and in the community. http://www.uvss.uvic.ca/wcentre/
UVic Pride Collective and Graduate Pride Group
UVic Pride is a social and a political organization advocating on behalf of queer students (including but not limited to gay, lesbian, bi, trans*, two-spirited, queer, questioning, & allied persons). Our office (SUB B118) is where queer students & queer-friendly people can hang out, network, & make awesome new friends. http://uvicpride.ca/
To join the Graduate student pride group, which focuses on providing casual social activities for UVic Graduate students to interact and mingle. Contact the Graduate Student Pride Representative to be added to the email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of Colour Collective
The UVic Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) is a group of self identified students of colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria. We attempt to defy the mainstream and act from the margins placing issues of race, gender, and colonization into an anti-racist framework which builds our work, action, and political endeavours.The UVic SOCC is a group of self identified students of colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria. We attempt to defy the mainstream and act from the margins placing issues of race, gender, and colonization into an anti-racist framework which builds our work, action, and political endeavours. http://studentsofcolourcollective.com/
Society for Students with a Disability (SSD)
SSD includes both graduate and undergraduate students and is located in the SUB. From their website: "We represent the interest of a wide range of students on the University campus who self-identify as having one or more disabilities. We aim to create spaces that are welcome in inclusive, where students can relax, socialize, and share their experiences."
Independent campus advocacy groups
The Positive Space Network
The Positive Space Network is a visible network of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working to make the University of Victoria a safe and more inclusive space for all people of all genders and sexualities. htt;://web.uvic.ca/psn
UVic Childcare Action Group:
UVic faculty, students and staff have been working together to find adequate childcare, which is very difficult as the UVic childcare facilities have a two year (or more) long waitlist. To address this problem, a group of concerned faculty, student and staff formed the UVic Childcare Action Group (CAG) in the spring of 2009. The CAG has organized an awareness campaign across campus, with the long-term goal of creating more childcare spaces on campus. http://wecare4childcare.wordpress.com/
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) All graduate students are members of this student-led non profit research group that conducts emerging research on social and environmental issues. Check out VIPIRG’s research internship program at recent publications at www.vipirg.ca, or come by the library at SUB B122.
World University Services Canada
UVic’s WUSC committee is one of over 70 WUSC Local Committees active on university and college campuses across Canada. Our primary function is to run the Student Refugee Program (SRP) on campus. We believe that access to education is a right, and we work, at least in a small way, to make that a reality. Each year, we sponsor three students from refugee camps to pursue their post-secondary studies at UVic. the sponsored students receive Permanent Residence status upon arrival in Canada.
All graduate students contribute $2 per semester to the World Univesity Services of Canada, which provides funding and support for refugee students to come study in Canada. www.uvicsrp.wordpress.com