Human & Social Development

Sydney Hofmeyr

Sydney Hofmeyr, now a Home and Community Care Nurse with Island Health, made profound contributions to campus life during her studies. After losing her young brother to an opioid overdose, she turned to her studies in death and loss to make sense of her own grief. 

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Devi Mucina

Gule: An Invitation to the Chewa Mask Dance is a documentary film produced by Devi Mucina, director of the Indigenous Governance program. The film was screened on campus in October 2019, this cultural tradition used to mark life events that is unique to the Nyau, an ancient secret society of Malawi. Mucina studies such rituals as a key to self-discovery and decolonization.


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Dr. Bruce Wallace

Dr. Bruce Wallace, Social Work professor, assisted on a pilot drug-checking project with Chemistry professor Dennis Hore to test and prevent use of lethal chemicals. New research funding will now help make this intervention accessible across Canada. Here, he speaks at an Overdose Awareness Day event.

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Dr. Valerie Khuene, UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers

See you at JCURA, March 3, 2021

(l to r) Dr. Valerie Khuene, professor, VP Academic and Provost, with UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, salute the work of Child and Youth Care students Soolin Yang and Bronwyn Lawrence for their research on decolonizing child care praxis.

JCURA, March 3, 2021
Students answer questions

Learning beyond the classroom

Want to know what it’s like to study at HSD? Check out our livestreaming broadcast where students with our different academic units answer questions from the viewing audience.

What is it like to study at HSD?
Nigel Livingston

Research that improves lives

Professor Nigel Livingston (second from left) with our School of Public Health and Social Policy meets with his multi-disciplinary teammates who build assistive devices for people with disabilities.


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Find your edge at UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to make a positive impact on your community?

Our professional education programs will prepare you for a career doing work that improves the quality of people's lives. Here, you'll find community-engaged learning that can change the world.

Flexible distance education and robust student support programs will help you succeed, and practicums, co-op placements and field experiences will give you the opportunity to make a real impact before you graduate.

We're at the heart of a vibrant Pacific Rim community, rich with Indigenous and international perspectives. Our programs honour and appreciate Indigenous scholarship and knowledges for their distinct contributions.

Acknowledgement of the Territories

The University of Victoria and the Faculty of Human and Social Development acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.