Equity and diversity

Diversity, equity, fairness, and respect are paramount values at the University of Victoria. The University promotes a safe, respectful and supportive learning and working environment for all members of the university community. The University fosters an environment characterized by fairness, openness, equity, and respect for the dignity and diversity of its members. The University strives to be a place that is free of discrimination and harassment, injustice and violence. The strength and vibrancy of the University is found in the diverse life experiences, backgrounds and worldviews of all its members.

For more information, read the rest of University of Victoria's Policy on Human Rights, Equity and Fairness (GV0200).

We encourage students, faculty members and staff to contact us if they have concerns about equity and diversity in the Faculty of Science. 

UVic resources and support services

  • 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.
  • The UVic campus stands on the lands of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples; we acknowledge and honour their traditions. The First People’s House is 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. 
  • 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 Marnie Swanson International Commons welcomes you, answers your questions, and provides academic programs and resources to support student success.
  • The Office of Indigenous Affairs 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 Resource Centre for Students with a Disability 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.