Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The department of Physics & Astronomy strongly affirms the University's policies on equity and fairness, as detailed in the policy document GV0200. The general principles are outlined in the associated statement:  

"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." 

As a department, we acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen 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 signifiies a commitment to build and nurture relationships with Indigenous communities, both local and national. 

Physics & Astronomy EDI Committee:
The Physics & Astronomy Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee strives to create and foster a safe, respectful, and inclusive workplace for all.  If you have concerns about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the department, please contact one of the committee members listed below:

Students, faculty members and staff within the Faculty of Science can also contact the Office of the Dean for issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

UVic Community Resources

  • 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.

Student Support Services

  • 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. 

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