Equity and 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.

For more information, read the rest of the 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. 

  • We acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking 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. 
  • 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' Societyprovides advocacy, representation, services, and events for its members.