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Social justice and equity

The knowledge that all people deserve respect, dignity and fairness is at the heart of everything we do at UVic. Our researchers and artists advance this fundamental value in a variety of ways. 

We connect across academic and community boundaries to examine ethics, politics, culture, and historical and current wrongs. We identify how to stop unjust practices, prevent recurrences, redress and heal. We recognize that we must continue this work until inequity is eliminated on our campus and around the world.

Centre for Global Studies

The Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) promotes research for a sustainable and equitable world. Their work is collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-regional. They connect research in global studies to local, national and international communities.

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) is a community of academics dedicated to the study of religion. They explore how religion relates to all aspects of human society. Their areas of focus include religious diversity, radicalization and social services.


Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) researches the academic and policy issues of the Asia-Pacific region. They engage with pressing social and development issues in the region through various dedicated research programs, academic events, social justice-targeted student internship placements, scholar mobility and professional training programs.


CanAssist is dedicated to helping people who experience physical or cognitive barriers. They provide innovative technologies, programs and services to address unmet needs. Their collaboration with UVic researchers and students increases independence, inclusion and well-being.

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Chair in Transgender Studies

The Chair in Transgender Studies is committed to generating solid, reliable information about the real world to drive social change. Their work aims improve the well-being of trans, non-binary, two-spirit and other gender-diverse people.

UNESCO Chairs at the University of Victoria

There are currently two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) co-chairs at UVic. They are housed at the Centre for Global Studies.

The UNESCO Co-Chair in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (ECD) has a primary focus on the promotion of capacity in sub-Saharan Africa for the care and well-being of young children.

The UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education builds research capacity in the global south and the excluded North in the field of community-based research.

Landscapes of Injustice

Landscapes of Injustice is a research and public history project. It explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians as part of their forced displacement and internment in the 1940s.

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Advocating for justice and understanding

When you ask Thembelihle (Thembie) Moyo who she is, she’ll tell you she identifies as a mother of two beautiful daughters first and as a creative writer second. These dual identities complement...

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Alumni in action

Natasha Thambirajah's unexpected journey from biochemistry to a 15-year career in public service, advocating for equity in health policy. Explore her story on the Work It podcast.

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Celebrating 60 years of UVic

In 60 years of UVic history, six core achievements stand out for shaping the university today, revealing core values we hold—in equity and inclusion, partnerships that serve and build, and in sustainability...

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