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Equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI)

You bring unique strengths, qualities and lived experiences to the workplace. As an employee, you have the right to be:

  • treated equitably
  • safe
  • comfortable
  • supported at work

We recognize that you may face barriers and that you do your best work when you have the right tools and support.

We're always evolving our approach, including hiring an accessibility and inclusion coordinator; an equity, diversity and inclusion career educator; and an equity, diversity and inclusion employment development officer to support students.

If you have ideas about how we can better support you, we welcome your feedback.

EDI at UVic

UVic is currently developing an equity action plan and working on defining what equity, diversity and inclusion mean at the university. We know it's complicated and there are many layers. For now, our Co-op and Career team is using these definitions created by BCCampus:

  • Equity is the absence of barriers for people with non-dominant or marginalized lived experiences, perspectives and identities.
  • Diversity is when people with a variety of lived experiences, perspectives, and identities are part of a community. This may include race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, ability, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status and more.
  • Inclusion is creating environments and communities where everyone feels welcomed, valued, respected and empowered to participate fully and authentically in ways that work for them.

What's important to you?

We've recently launched a project to identify and address biases in the workplace, including the work search process and how employers can support you every day.  

Tell us what's important to you when it comes to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace by completing a short (5 min) survey. You could win one of 10 prizes of $150 for your OneCard!

 The survey will close on October 4 at 4 p.m.

Meet our team

We’re here to support you in the world of work. We can chat about your specific experiences and find a comfortable path forward.

We are constantly learning and evolving in how we support students at work related to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

Contact us if you’d like to:

  • take part in this conversation
  • offer feedback
  • have resources to share

Accessibility & inclusion co-op coordinator

Niels Melis De-Lamper

Niels Melis De-Lamper (he/him)
 250-853-3172
CSR 007

Niels’ focus is to help students that identify as having a disability and/or mental health challenges find meaningful and paid work experience while completing their education program. Connect with Niels to discuss how you can navigate your personal situation, learn if and how to request workplace accommodations and find out why accessibility is part of the conversation. 

EDI career advisor

Amy Chen

Amy Chen (she/her)
250-721-5697
CSR 110

Amy’s supports UVic students and alumni who self-identify as members of one or more marginalized groups (e.g., 2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, BIPOC, persons with disabilities, people with international pathways etc.) during their career development journey.

Communities of support

  • If you identify as having a disability or mental health condition, you can get support related to your academic experiences through UVic’s Centre for Accessible Learning.
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) students can access resources collected through the UVSS BIPOC Support Hub. Indigenous students can also connect with the Native Students Union and the Office of Indigenous, Academic and Community Engagement.
  • UVic Pride celebrates sexual, gender and romantic diversity. You can find resources, chat online, take workshops and take part in events.
  • The Gender Empowerment Centre is a space for self-identified women, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks. It’s a place where you can organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study and relax.
  • If you seek advice or support relating to sexualized violence, discrimination, and/or harassment, you can contact someone in the Equity and Human Rights office.

Other support

Mental health at work

When you are experiencing a mental health challenge, you have the right to reasonable accommodation.

Find out what resources and support are available to you through your employer, such as Employment Assistance programs and counselling. 

Related resources:

Sexualized violence

  • If you experience or witness sexualized violence of any kind, you can contact UVic's Sexualized Violence Resource OfficeSexualized violence is any non-consensual, unwanted actual, attempted or threatened act or behaviour, that is carried out through sexual means or by targeting a person’s sex, sexual or gender identity, or gender expression.

EDI safety resources (on campus)

Employment resources (BC)