News and events

Community-university engagement a top priority at UVic

“Community-university engagement is a core value at UVic and one of the top six priorities of our Strategic Framework,” says Vice-President Academic and Provost Valerie Kuehne, who is chair of the newly formed Community Engagement and Partnerships Executive Committee (CEPEC), which provides direction and overall coordination with representation from academic, research and external relations portfolios.

OCUE transition

Community-university engagement is one of the core values at UVic and one of the top six priorities identified in UVic's Strategic Framework for 2018-23. In order to promote more effective interactions with communities and partners, the decision has been made to transition from the Office of Community-University Engagement to a new institutional approach as part of the evolution of community-university engagement at UVic.

Growing our collective impact

Across the six pillars of the UVic’s Strategic Framework, community-university engagement operates as an engine that drives opportunities to advance and mobilize knowledge, transform learning, improve and enrich lives, tackle global challenges, foster respect and reconciliation and promote sustainability. The following narrative articulates core principles of collective impact at UVic in the advancement of community-university engagement.

Environmental Studies students critically examine impacts of colonialism

UVic Environmental Studies students explored how to critically examine the impacts of colonialism in local communities through Dr. Anita Girvan’s newly designed course Environmental Studies 480: Responding Critically to Colonization. The course provided students with hands-on experiential learning experiences that included several guest lectures, participation in the Colonial Realities Bus Tour and a field trip to SṈIDȻEȽ/Tod Inlet. Read in-depth student reflections as they share, in their own words, their transformative experiences in the course.

2018 Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to Dr. Jutta Gutberlet (geography)and Dr. Jim Tanaka (psychology) on being named the 2018 Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award recipients! The award celebrates tenured faculty members who integrate and display exemplary community-engaged scholarship and inspired teaching to nurture positive societal change.

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