Equity & Diversity

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. We recognize that many of the identities of members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.

Who we are

The Chemistry Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Chem EDI) committee consists of representatives of the membership of the department, including those who work, teach and do research, and those who learn. The Chem EDI committee works toward creating and promoting a safe, respectful and inclusive working and learning environment for everyone. We organize regular events to foster respect and inclusivity.

If you have comments or concerns about equity, diversity and inclusion in the Department of Chemistry please email them to chemedi@uvic.ca or contact one of the committee members below.

To learn more about how the Chem EDI committee operates, and our mandate, please see our Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct, which include information about confidentiality. Contact the Chem EDI Chair for further information.

Faculty Members:
, Chair

Staff Members:


Graduate Students:

Undergraduate Students:

Food for thought

  • Lisa Willis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Lisa has also designed InclusiveSTEM, which is a literature-based and data-driven series of lectures and workshops about EDI in science. Lisa gave two public lectures at the University of Victoria in February 2021. See below for recordings of her lectures entitled “Top 10 Strategies to Fix the Problem of Bias and Discrimination in STEM” and “Writing Effective EDI Statements”.

  • Paul Walton is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York in the UK. He lectures worldwide about gender equality, and gave a public lecture at the University of Victoria on the 4th of October 2019. See below for a recording of his lecture entitled “Gender equality in science: Why is it taking so long?”.

UVic resources

Useful links in addition to those under “UVic community resources” and “Student support services”:

  • We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. UVic's first Indigenous plan builds on our longstanding commitment to and relationships with Indigenous communities, both local and national.
  • The First People’s House currently offers a social, cultural and academic centre for Indigenous students at UVic and serves as a safe and welcoming place that encourages the building of community.
  • The Equity and Human Rights Office provides leadership in the development of plans, policies and procedures which support UVic's organizational and legislative commitments to provide equitable access to and participation in employment and educational opportunities.
  • The Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost supports units in creating welcoming and diverse learning, teaching and working environments. The page lists a number of resources for faculty, staff and students.
  • Counselling Services offer free professional, confidential, inclusive support to currently registered UVic students, including individual counselling, groups and workshops.
  • The International Office supports international students at UVic. The International Commons welcomes you, answers your questions, and provides academic programs and resources to support student success.
  • The Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement supports the success of Indigenous students attending UVic, connecting students with educational, financial and cultural resources on campus and in local communities.
  • In case of a conflict situation with a staff or faculty member, students have access to free consultation with the Office of the Ombudsperson, which advocates fair procedures and offers information and guidance on students' rights & responsibilities, and UVic regulations & procedures.
  • The Centre for Accessible Learning provides information about and support with academic accommodations. Their trained staff will help you to plan for success in your degree.
  • Student Mental Health supports positive student mental health and well-being, offering numerous resources, supports and opportunities.
  • The University of Victoria Students’ Society and the UVic Graduate Students' Society provides advocacy, representation, services, and events for its members.