Winter Welcome

Winter Welcome Logo

January 3 - 16, 2021

Welcome back! Winter Welcome is our brand new program to help you reconnect with the UVic community after the winter break, and help you start the new year and new term off on the right foot. The two-week long program will offer you opportunities to: 

  • Meet other students and participate in social activities
  • Participate in workshops related to academics, wellness and social justice
  • Learn about campus resources and supports that can help you succeed
  • Connect (and reconnect) with the UVic community

Winter Welcome is an event for all UVic students. However, where noted, some events are only open to certain audiences. 


Program

You can choose to participate before classes begin, after classes begin, or both! Check out the full schedule for event descriptions and access instructions.

View full schedule (PDF, 401 KB)

Week 1: January 3 to 9, 2021

Date & Time Event How to access

Sunday, January 3

7:30 - 9 p.m.

International Music Trivia

This event is open to all students

Do you enjoy listening to music from around the world? If yes, International Music Trivia is the session for you! This will include all musical genres, so join us and your peers to put your knowledge to the test! This will also be a great chance to learn and listen to different international music hits. You are also more than welcome to sing along!  

Register for International Music Trivia

Monday, January 4

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Academic Integrity and Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Most cases of plagiarism at UVic happen as a result of lack of clarity regarding the basics of citing and paraphrasing in the Canadian context. In this second part of our workshop, we will review academic integrity, examine examples of poorly integrated direct quotations, incorrect citations and inadequate paraphrasing, and discuss ways to correct. This session is for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic integrity workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Integrity

Monday, January 4

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Introduction to Canadian Culture with the Global Community

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Come with an open mind and join us to learn more about Canadian culture! This will be an interactive session where you will learn some tips to help with your adjustment and transition to Canada. You will also have the opportunity to play a game to familiarize yourself with various aspects of Canadian culture!

Register for Introduction to Canadian Culture

Tuesday, January 5

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Basics of Academic Writing and Research for Grad Students: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international Grad students

As an international grad student used to writing in a different academic context, you might be unsure of the expectations and standards of academic writing and research in a North American university context. Building on our September session, we will review the importance of writing from research and practical strategies for planning, writing, and revising. We will focus on strategic approaches to self-edit in this workshop. This is a part ll conversation to our academic writing workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first!. 

Zoom link for Basics of Academic Writing and Research

Tuesday, January 5

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community 

This event is open to all students

Whether you came on an 18-hour flight or just a 20-minute drive, join our virtual student social drop-in where we will talk about our experiences in coming to UVic. A great opportunity to meet new people and play some fun online games. Drop-in for a bit or stay for the whole time and share your stories and experiences with us!

Zoom link for Student Social Drop-in

Wednesday, January 6

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Skribbl.io

This event is open to all students

Similar to Pictionary – can you get the other players to guess what you are drawing? No drawing skills required; everyone is equally bad at drawing with a computer mouse!

Zoom link for Skribbl.io

Wednesday, January 6

noon - 1 p.m.

Let's Talk about Sex: Positivity and Consent

This event is open to all students

Join the Office of Student Life (OSL) and the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM) for a deep dive into consent and sex positivity, the building blocks of a healthy and happy sex life! In this workshop, you will expand your knowledge on what consent looks, feels, and sounds like. Participants will learn about UVic’s work in sexualized violence prevention and will explore what sex positivity and sex negativity look like. Together, we will develop strategies for creating consensual, sex positive relationships, based in respect and inclusion.

Register for Let's Talk About Sex

Wednesday, January 6

12:15 - 12:50 p.m.

Noon Meditation

This event is open to all students

We practice a simple mantra meditation to: still the mind & reduce stress, nurture inner awareness, foster mindfulness and open ourselves to peace and well being. We start with a basic meditation instruction at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 20 minute breath meditation at 12:25 p.m. We are done by 12:50 p.m. 

Register for Noon Mediation

Wednesday, January 6

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the Zoom meeting from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Thursday, January 7

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Academic Success and Online Learning for International Students in the Canadian Context: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

What strategies help us achieve our academic goals in an online environment? In part 2 of this session (part 1 took place in the fall), we will review practical strategies for managing communication across time zones and tips to prepare for online academic success. In this second session, we will focus on effective strategies for participating in online class discussions. This session is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic success workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Success and Online Learning

Thursday, January 7

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Codenames

This event is open to all students

Come join us to play a virtual game with other students at UVic and brushing up on your telepathy! Codenames is a game of guessing which words are related to a hint-word given by another player. 

Zoom link for Codenames

Thursday, January 7

1 - 2 p.m.

Social Justice at UVic: Creating Safer Spaces

This event is open to all students

In this session, you will explore key concepts and terms related to anti-oppression, as well as ways to create a safer campus community. You will learn how to incorporate ideas of power, privilege, equity, intersectionality and justice into your life as a UVic student. We will also profile the different groups on campus supporting and advocating for students and share how to continue learning about social justice projects and initiatives at UVic.

Register for Social Justice at UVic

Thursday, January 7

5 - 7:30 p.m.

Anti-Racism Awareness Pathways

This event is open to all students

The Anti-racism pathway awareness workshop is part of a series of anti-racism education strategies (ARAES) developed by the UVic Equity and Human Rights office (EQHR), in collaboration with various university partners. The ARAES strategy aims to combat racism and create educational events and programs that directly address the societal and systemic attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate racial discrimination and other intersecting social inequities such as classism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, religious bigotry, among others. Such an intersectional anti-racism approach also aims to understand how social differences of ‘race’, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and ability are mediated in peoples’ historical and everyday lives (Dei, 1995).

Register for Anti-Racism Awareness Pathways

Thursday, January 7

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program, please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the Zoom meeting from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Thursday, January 7

5:30 - 6 p.m.

Campus Conversations

This event is open to all students

A monthly opportunity for students to make new connections, share meaningful conversations in a relaxed environment and get to know significant people supporting campus life. Stay tuned for upcoming topics! Past speakers include: Journalist | Marine Biologist | Writer | Activist Death Doula | Minimalist

Register for Campus Conversations

Friday, January 8

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day and to support your own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Mediation

Friday, January 8

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Be Well & Stay Well

This event is open to all students

Come find out how to apply 5 simple evidence-based actions to be well and stay well while learning online.

Zoom link for Be Well & Stay Well

Friday, January 8

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Speed Friending

This event is open to all students

A fun way for you to virtually meet other students at UVic and talk about the topics/questions for each round! Everyone always comes back from these sessions smiling.

Zoom link for Speed Friending

Friday, January 8

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Learning Strategies & Academic Success

This event is open to all students

Start the year off right by developing the skills and knowledge that will set you up for success and help you meet your springl term goals. Join learning strategists from the CAL Learning Assistance Program to learn practical strategies like building your schedule, taking notes in class and how to prepare for tests. The workshop will be hosted virtually over Zoom and feature interactive activities and break out rooms.

Zoom link for Learning Strategy and Academic Success

Friday, January 8

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program, please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the zoom from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Saturday, January 9

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

International Student Welcome

This event is for new international students starting at UVic in January

As an international student, you have a unique experience transitioning to university and life in Canada, so we've designed an orientation program just for you. The International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff and current students who will help you settle into life at UVic.

Register for International Student Welcome

Saturday, January 9

6 - 8 p.m.

The International Student Experience: Student Panel and Q & A

This event is for new international students starting at UVic in January

Are you interested in learning more about the international student experience at UVic? In this session, you will hear from international students who will share their experiences of studying at the university. You will have the opportunity to engage with the student panelists and ask any questions you may have!

Zoom link for The International Student Experience

Week 2: January 10 to 16, 2021

Date & Time Event How to access

Sunday, January 10

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

January Orientation

This event is for new students starting at UVic in January

January Orientation is UVic's official orientation program for all new-to-UVic undergraduate, graduate and exchange students. The program will introduce you to student life, support services and your fellow students.

 

Register for January Orientation

Sunday, January 10

2 - 4 p.m.

Virtual Victoria

This event is open to all students

Are you new to Victoria and ready to explore? Join our virtual tour to learn about the best places to visit, nearby parks and hikes and fun things to do in the city. A great event to find adventure buddies for future trips and meet new friends! 

Register for Virtual Victoria

Sunday, January 10

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community

This event is open to all students

Join this session to meet new and returning UVic students! This will be a great opportunity to meet your peers, make new connections and socialize. You will also find out more about the UVic Global Community and how you can get involved!

Zoom link for Student Social Drop-in

Monday, January 11

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Indigenous Student Orientation

This event is for new Indigenous students starting at UVic in January

Indigenous Student Orientation will provide information about academic and cultural supports, and opportunities and events available to Indigenous students at UVic. 

Register for Indigenous Student Orientation

Monday, January 11

2 - 3:30 p.m.

IACE Meet & Greet

This event is for Indigenous students

Meet the IACE staff and receive a virtual welcome back to the First Peoples House. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for IACE Meet & Greet

Monday, January 11

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Learn to Meditate

This event is open to all students

Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. No experience necessary. 

Register for Learn to Meditate

Monday, January 11

7 - 9 p.m.

Succeeding in your Canadian Job Search

This event is for international students

Students may be used to different job search strategies and workplace culture than those common in Canada. This workshop discusses these differences, and how students can use their intercultural competencies to succeed in their Canadian job search and in Canadian workplaces. An International Student Adviser from International Student Services (ISS) will be present at the workshop to provide an overview on international students’ work authorization.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand Canadian cultural values as well as their own
  • Know how to adjust their behavior to fit better in a new environment
  • Grasp the need to adjust their approaches effectively in Canadian job search activities
Zoom link for Succeeding in your Canadian Job Search

Tuesday, January 12

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day and to support your own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Meditation

Tuesday, January 12

11:30 a.m. - noon

Co-op and Careers Info Session

This event is open to all students

Wondering how you can take your learning beyond the classroom? Thinking about what happens after you graduate? Come find out how Co-op and Career Services can help you make the most out of your education through co-op experience, career preparation and support, and other experiential learning opportunities. Bring your questions to this interactive information session.

Zoom link for Co-op and Careers Info Session

Tuesday, January 12

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Heart to Heart Talks

This event is open to all students

Need direction for your day-to-day challenges? Take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself and discuss what's important to you. We will discuss topics such as:  How can I stop doubting myself?  / How can I get people to like me?  / Finding light in our darkest moments. / Healing after a breakup / Who am I?

Register for Heart to Heart Talks

Tuesday, January 12

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Co-op and Careers Info Session

This event is open to all students

Wondering how you can take your learning beyond the classroom? Thinking about what happens after you graduate? Come find out how Co-op and Career Services can help you make the most out of your education through co-op experience, career preparation and support, and other experiential learning opportunities. Bring your questions to this interactive information session. 

Zoom link for Co-op and Careers Info Session

Tuesday, January 12

2 - 3:45 p.m.

Virtual Art Tour

This event is for Indigenous students

Join Lorilee Wastasecoot, curatorial intern at Legacy Art Gallery, for a virtual tour of Indigenous art on campus. Participants are free to come and go as needed with your class schedule!

Register for Virtual Art Tour

Tuesday, January 12

4 - 6 p.m.

Fresh Start 2021

This event is open to all students

It’s time to hit the reset button! Let’s approach 2021 with intention, ready to make the best of this new year.

Registration information for Fresh Start 2021

Tuesday, January 12

6 - 7 p.m.

Awakening the Gifts of Character

This event is open to all students

Through self-exploration, learn how to connect successfully with others on a higher level through creating a culture of compassion, kindness and care. 

Register for Awakening the Gifts of Character

Tuesday, January 12

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Harry Potter Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community

This event is open to all students

Do you love Hogwarts, quidditch, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezesas as much as we do? Decorate your Hogwarts Zoom background as you get ready to join the sorting hat ceremony and other fun Harry Potter themed games and chit chat. Drop-in or stay for the whole time. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends! 

Zoom link for Harry Potter Social Drop-in

Wednesday, January 13

12:15 - 12:50 p.m.

Noon Meditation

This event is open to all students

We practice a simple mantra meditation to: still the mind & reduce stress, nurture inner awareness, foster mindfulness and open ourselves to peace and well being. We start with a basic meditation instruction at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 20 minute breath meditation at 12:25 p.m. We are done by 12:50 p.m.  

Register for Noon Meditation

Wednesday, January 13

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Noon Networking: Campus Cousins Bingo

This event is for Indigenous students

Meet your peers, visit with the Elders and win prizes at this Noon Networking session. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for Campus Cousins Bingo

Wednesday, January 13

noon - 4 p.m.

UVSS Clubs and Course Union Days

Are you looking to get involved with the UVic community? Drop in to Clubs and Course Union Days held on Discord for an opportunity to meet and join various clubs and course unions through the UVSS. 

For more information about Clubs and Course Union Days, visit uvss.ca/event/clubsandcourseuniondays

Access Dischord server for Clubs and Course Union Days

Wednesday, January 13

1 - 2 p.m.

Roundtable + Q&A with Vikes Athletics and Recreation

This event is open to all students

Join us for a discussion with Vikes Athletics & Recreation where we share our program offerings for the Spring Term! We’ll cover all there is to know about finding fitness and recreation at UVic and we’ll save time to answer any questions. Hope to see you there!

Zoom link for Roundtable + Q&A with Vike Athletics and Recreation

Wednesday, January 13

3 - 5 p.m.

Campus Cousins Crafting

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a crafting circle.

email
to register

Wednesday, January 13

5 - 6 p.m.

Time Management

This event is open to all students

This workshop will focus on proper semester scheduling, time management strategies, avoiding procrastination, and setting appropriate goals for academic success. We will discuss specific examples relating to online learning and how to seek help when you need it. Students will take away a guide to accessing supports that they can continue to refer to throughout the semester.

Zoom link for Time Management

Wednesday, January 13

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

AVI Naloxone Training

This event is for Grad students

This is the first in a speaker series hosted by the Graduate Students Society. For more information, visit www.gss.uvic.ca

Zoom Link for AVI Naloxolone Training

Thursday, January 14

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Campus Counsins Virtual Hang Out

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a virtual hangout.

email
to register

Thursday, January 14

noon - 4 p.m.

UVSS Clubs and Course Union Days

Are you looking to get involved with the UVic community? Drop in to Clubs and Course Union Days held on Discord for an opportunity to meet and join various clubs and course unions through the UVSS. 

For more information about Clubs and Course Union Days, visit uvss.ca/event/clubsandcourseuniondays.

Access Dischord server for Clubs and Course Union Days

Thursday, January 14

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Heart to Heart Talks

This event is open to all students

Need direction for your day-to-day challenges? Take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself and discuss what ‘s important to you. We will discuss topics such as:  How can I stop doubting myself?  / How can I get people to like me?  / Finding light in our darkest moments. / Healing after a breakup / Who am I?    

Register for Heart to Heart Talks

Thursday, January 14

3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Yoga for Meditation

This event is open to all students

A free guided gentle 50 minute yoga session to relax and restore. 

Register for Yoga for Meditation

Thursday, January 14

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Learn to Meditate

This event is open to all students

Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. No experience necessary.   

Register for Learn to Meditate

Thursday, January 14

5 - 6 p.m.

Online Learning Strategies

This event is open to all students

This workshop will focus on strategies for successful online learning. It will be based on 7 tips for online learning: organization, learning technology, getting help, making time and space, staying in touch, focusing on specific tasks, and taking appropriate breaks. We will touch on balancing digital school/life/health habits as well as where to turn for support. 

Zoom link for Online Learning Strategies

 

Thursday, January 14

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Tools for Change

This event is open to all students

This workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is especially important and useful for those who have not taken sexualized violence prevention training in the past and/or those with want to learn more about UVic’s work to prevent sexualized violence. The workshop is peer-led, highly interactive, and focused on learning skills. Attendees are invited to participate in accessible discussions and group activities. 

Register for Tools for Change

Thursday, January 14

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Global Community Culture Exchange

This event is open to all students

Join us to learn interesting facts about different cultures and phrases from languages around the world. Bi-weekly, we will explore two new countries through the lens of a native speaker. Let’s chat about language, traditions, music and food. Join the first Global Community Culture Exchange to explore Columbia and India with us! 

Register for Global Community Culture Exchange

Friday, January 15

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day, and to support you own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Meditation

Friday, January 15

2 - 3 p.m.

NSU Two Spirit Circle

This event is for self identified Indigenous 2Spirit/Indigiqueer students only

Join fellow two-spirit/Indigiqueer students in this virtual circle! Hosted by Peter from the NSU and Yvonne from the IACE office. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for NSU Two Spirit Circle

Friday, January 15

5 - 6 p.m.

Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

This event is for Indigenous students

Celebrate the Indigenous Graduates who registered for the Virtual Indigenous Recognition Ceremony.

Watch the Indigenous Recognition Ceremony live on Facebook

Saturday, January 16

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Virtual Visit to the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea

This event is open to all students

Have you ever looked out at the ocean and wondered what lies beneath the waves and the kelp? Join us in exploring local species and learning more about Vancouver Island's Salish Sea during this virtual tour of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

 

Register for the Virtual Visit to the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea

Events by interest

Academic workshops

Date & Time Event How to access

Monday, January 4

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Academic Integrity and Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Most cases of plagiarism at UVic happen as a result of lack of clarity regarding the basics of citing and paraphrasing in the Canadian context. In this second part of our workshop, we will review academic integrity, examine examples of poorly integrated direct quotations, incorrect citations and inadequate paraphrasing, and discuss ways to correct. This session is for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic integrity workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Integrity

Tuesday, January 5

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Basics of Academic Writing and Research for Grad Students: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international Grad students

As an international grad student used to writing in a different academic context, you might be unsure of the expectations and standards of academic writing and research in a North American university context. Building on our September session, we will review the importance of writing from research and practical strategies for planning, writing, and revising. We will focus on strategic approaches to self-edit in this workshop. This is a part ll conversation to our academic writing workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first!. 

Zoom link for Basics of Academic Writing and Research

Thursday, January 7

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Academic Success and Online Learning for International Students in the Canadian Context: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

What strategies help us achieve our academic goals in an online environment? In part 2 of this session (part 1 took place in the fall), we will review practical strategies for managing communication across time zones and tips to prepare for online academic success. In this second session, we will focus on effective strategies for participating in online class discussions. This session is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic success workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Success and Online Learning

Friday, January 8

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Learning Strategies & Academic Success

This event is open to all students

Start the year off right by developing the skills and knowledge that will set you up for success and help you meet your springl term goals. Join learning strategists from the CAL Learning Assistance Program to learn practical strategies like building your schedule, taking notes in class and how to prepare for tests. The workshop will be hosted virtually over Zoom and feature interactive activities and break out rooms.

Zoom link for Learning Strategy and Academic Success

Tuesday, January 12

11:30 a.m. - noon

Co-op and Careers Info Session

This event is open to all students

Wondering how you can take your learning beyond the classroom? Thinking about what happens after you graduate? Come find out how Co-op and Career Services can help you make the most out of your education through co-op experience, career preparation and support, and other experiential learning opportunities. Bring your questions to this interactive information session.

Zoom link for Co-op and Careers Info Session

Tuesday, January 12

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Heart to Heart Talks

This event is open to all students

Need direction for your day-to-day challenges? Take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself and discuss what's important to you. We will discuss topics such as:  How can I stop doubting myself?  / How can I get people to like me?  / Finding light in our darkest moments. / Healing after a breakup / Who am I?

Register for Heart to Heart Talks

Tuesday, January 12

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Co-op and Careers Info Session

This event is open to all students

Wondering how you can take your learning beyond the classroom? Thinking about what happens after you graduate? Come find out how Co-op and Career Services can help you make the most out of your education through co-op experience, career preparation and support, and other experiential learning opportunities. Bring your questions to this interactive information session. 

Zoom link for Co-op and Careers Info Session

Wednesday, January 13

5 - 6 p.m.

Time Management

This event is open to all students

This workshop will focus on proper semester scheduling, time management strategies, avoiding procrastination, and setting appropriate goals for academic success. We will discuss specific examples relating to online learning and how to seek help when you need it. Students will take away a guide to accessing supports that they can continue to refer to throughout the semester.

Zoom link for Time Management

Thursday, January 14

5 - 6 p.m.

Online Learning Strategies

This event is open to all students

This workshop will focus on strategies for successful online learning. It will be based on 7 tips for online learning: organization, learning technology, getting help, making time and space, staying in touch, focusing on specific tasks, and taking appropriate breaks. We will touch on balancing digital school/life/health habits as well as where to turn for support. 

Zoom link for Online Learning Strategies

 

Social Programming

Date & Time Event How to access

Sunday, January 3

7:30 - 9 p.m.

International Music Trivia

This event is open to all students

Do you enjoy listening to music from around the world? If yes, International Music Trivia is the session for you! This will include all musical genres, so join us and your peers to put your knowledge to the test! This will also be a great chance to learn and listen to different international music hits. You are also more than welcome to sing along!  

Register for International Music Trivia

Monday, January 4

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Introduction to Canadian Culture with the Global Community

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Come with an open mind and join us to learn more about Canadian culture! This will be an interactive session where you will learn some tips to help with your adjustment and transition to Canada. You will also have the opportunity to play a game to familiarize yourself with various aspects of Canadian culture!

Register for Introduction to Canadian Culture

Tuesday, January 5

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community 

This event is open to all students

Whether you came on an 18-hour flight or just a 20-minute drive, join our virtual student social drop-in where we will talk about our experiences in coming to UVic. A great opportunity to meet new people and play some fun online games. Drop-in for a bit or stay for the whole time and share your stories and experiences with us!

Zoom link for Student Social Drop-in

Wednesday, January 6

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Skribbl.io

This event is open to all students

Similar to Pictionary – can you get the other players to guess what you are drawing? No drawing skills required; everyone is equally bad at drawing with a computer mouse!

Zoom link for Skribbl.io

Wednesday, January 6

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the Zoom meeting from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Thursday, January 7

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Codenames

This event is open to all students

Come join us to play a virtual game with other students at UVic and brushing up on your telepathy! Codenames is a game of guessing which words are related to a hint-word given by another player. 

Zoom link for Codenames

Thursday, January 7

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program, please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the Zoom meeting from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Thursday, January 7

5:30 - 6 p.m.

Campus Conversations

This event is open to all students

A monthly opportunity for students to make new connections, share meaningful conversations in a relaxed environment and get to know significant people supporting campus life. Stay tuned for upcoming topics! Past speakers include: Journalist | Marine Biologist | Writer | Activist Death Doula | Minimalist

Register for Campus Conversations

Friday, January 8

noon - 1 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Speed Friending

This event is open to all students

A fun way for you to virtually meet other students at UVic and talk about the topics/questions for each round! Everyone always comes back from these sessions smiling.

Zoom link for Speed Friending

Friday, January 8

6 - 7 p.m.

Games Drop-in: Among Us

This event is open to all students

There is an imposter among us! To attend this program, please ensure you have the app downloaded on your mobile device and a separate device to call into the zoom from. It will be helpful to be familiar with the rules ahead of attending (the rules are on the app!). 

Zoom link for Among Us

Sunday, January 10

2 - 4 p.m.

Virtual Victoria

This event is open to all students

Are you new to Victoria and ready to explore? Join our virtual tour to learn about the best places to visit, nearby parks and hikes and fun things to do in the city. A great event to find adventure buddies for future trips and meet new friends! 

Register for Virtual Victoria

Sunday, January 10

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community

This event is open to all students

Join this session to meet new and returning UVic students! This will be a great opportunity to meet your peers, make new connections and socialize. You will also find out more about the UVic Global Community and how you can get involved!

Zoom link for Student Social Drop-in

Tuesday, January 12

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Harry Potter Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community

This event is open to all students

Do you love Hogwarts, quidditch, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezesas as much as we do? Decorate your Hogwarts Zoom background as you get ready to join the sorting hat ceremony and other fun Harry Potter themed games and chit chat. Drop-in or stay for the whole time. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends! 

Zoom link for Harry Potter Social Drop-in

Wednesday, January 13

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Noon Networking: Campus Cousins Bingo

This event is for Indigenous students

Meet your peers, visit with the Elders and win prizes at this Noon Networking session. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for Campus Cousins Bingo

Wednesday, January 13

3 - 5 p.m.

Campus Cousins Crafting

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a crafting circle.

email
to register

Thursday, January 14

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Campus Counsins Virtual Hang Out

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a virtual hangout.

email
to register

Thursday, January 14

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Global Community Culture Exchange

This event is open to all students

Join us to learn interesting facts about different cultures and phrases from languages around the world. Bi-weekly, we will explore two new countries through the lens of a native speaker. Let’s chat about language, traditions, music and food. Join the first Global Community Culture Exchange to explore Columbia and India with us! 

Register for Global Community Culture Exchange

Friday, January 15

2 - 3 p.m.

NSU Two Spirit Circle

This event is for self identified Indigenous 2Spirit/Indigiqueer students only

Join fellow two-spirit/Indigiqueer students in this virtual circle! Hosted by Peter from the NSU and Yvonne from the IACE office. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for NSU Two Spirit Circle

Orientation Programming

Date & Time Event How to access

Saturday, January 9

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

International Student Welcome

This event is for new international students starting at UVic in January

As an international student, you have a unique experience transitioning to university and life in Canada, so we've designed an orientation program just for you. The International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff and current students who will help you settle into life at UVic.

Register for International Student Welcome

Sunday, January 10

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

January Orientation

This event is for new students starting at UVic in January

January Orientation is UVic's official orientation program for all new-to-UVic undergraduate, graduate and exchange students. The program will introduce you to student life, support services and your fellow students.

 

Register for January Orientation

Monday, January 11

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Indigenous Student Orientation

This event is for new Indigenous students starting at UVic in January

Indigenous Student Orientation will provide information about academic and cultural supports, and opportunities and events available to Indigenous students at UVic. 

Register for Indigenous Student Orientation

Wellness workshops

Date & Time Event How to access

Wednesday, January 6

12:15 - 12:50 p.m.

Noon Meditation

This event is open to all students

We practice a simple mantra meditation to: still the mind & reduce stress, nurture inner awareness, foster mindfulness and open ourselves to peace and well being. We start with a basic meditation instruction at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 20 minute breath meditation at 12:25 p.m. We are done by 12:50 p.m. 

Register for Noon Mediation

Friday, January 8

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day and to support your own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Mediation

Friday, January 8

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Be Well & Stay Well

This event is open to all students

Come find out how to apply 5 simple evidence-based actions to be well and stay well while learning online.

Zoom link for Be Well & Stay Well

Monday, January 11

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Learn to Meditate

This event is open to all students

Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. No experience necessary. 

Register for Learn to Meditate

Tuesday, January 12

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day and to support your own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Meditation

Tuesday, January 12

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Heart to Heart Talks

This event is open to all students

Need direction for your day-to-day challenges? Take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself and discuss what's important to you. We will discuss topics such as:  How can I stop doubting myself?  / How can I get people to like me?  / Finding light in our darkest moments. / Healing after a breakup / Who am I?

Register for Heart to Heart Talks

Tuesday, January 12

4 - 6 p.m.

Fresh Start 2021

This event is open to all students

It’s time to hit the reset button! Let’s approach 2021 with intention, ready to make the best of this new year.

Registration information for Fresh Start 2021

Tuesday, January 12

6 - 7 p.m.

Awakening the Gifts of Character

This event is open to all students

Through self-exploration, learn how to connect successfully with others on a higher level through creating a culture of compassion, kindness and care. 

Register for Awakening the Gifts of Character

Wednesday, January 13

12:15 - 12:50 p.m.

Noon Meditation

This event is open to all students

We practice a simple mantra meditation to: still the mind & reduce stress, nurture inner awareness, foster mindfulness and open ourselves to peace and well being. We start with a basic meditation instruction at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 20 minute breath meditation at 12:25 p.m. We are done by 12:50 p.m.  

Register for Noon Meditation

Thursday, January 14

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Heart to Heart Talks

This event is open to all students

Need direction for your day-to-day challenges? Take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself and discuss what ‘s important to you. We will discuss topics such as:  How can I stop doubting myself?  / How can I get people to like me?  / Finding light in our darkest moments. / Healing after a breakup / Who am I?    

Register for Heart to Heart Talks

Thursday, January 14

3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Yoga for Meditation

This event is open to all students

A free guided gentle 50 minute yoga session to relax and restore. 

Register for Yoga for Meditation

Thursday, January 14

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Learn to Meditate

This event is open to all students

Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. No experience necessary.   

Register for Learn to Meditate

Friday, January 15

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Meditation

This event is open to all students

Join Henri for a morning meditation online to get you ready for the day, and to support you own daily meditation practice.

Register for Morning Meditation

Social justice workshops

Date & Time Event How to access

Wednesday, January 6

noon - 1 p.m.

Let's Talk about Sex: Positivity and Consent

This event is open to all students

Join the Office of Student Life (OSL) and the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM) for a deep dive into consent and sex positivity, the building blocks of a healthy and happy sex life! In this workshop, you will expand your knowledge on what consent looks, feels, and sounds like. Participants will learn about UVic’s work in sexualized violence prevention and will explore what sex positivity and sex negativity look like. Together, we will develop strategies for creating consensual, sex positive relationships, based in respect and inclusion.

Register for Let's Talk About Sex

Thursday, January 7

1 - 2 p.m.

Social Justice at UVic: Creating Safer Spaces

This event is open to all students

In this session, you will explore key concepts and terms related to anti-oppression, as well as ways to create a safer campus community. You will learn how to incorporate ideas of power, privilege, equity, intersectionality and justice into your life as a UVic student. We will also profile the different groups on campus supporting and advocating for students and share how to continue learning about social justice projects and initiatives at UVic.

Register for Social Justice at UVic

Thursday, January 7

5 - 7:30 p.m.

Anti-Racism Awareness Pathways

This event is open to all students

The Anti-racism pathway awareness workshop is part of a series of anti-racism education strategies (ARAES) developed by the UVic Equity and Human Rights office (EQHR), in collaboration with various university partners. The ARAES strategy aims to combat racism and create educational events and programs that directly address the societal and systemic attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate racial discrimination and other intersecting social inequities such as classism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, religious bigotry, among others. Such an intersectional anti-racism approach also aims to understand how social differences of ‘race’, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and ability are mediated in peoples’ historical and everyday lives (Dei, 1995).

Register for Anti-Racism Awareness Pathways

Wednesday, January 13

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

AVI Naloxone Training

This event is for Grad students

This is the first in a speaker series hosted by the Graduate Students Society. For more information, visit www.gss.uvic.ca

Zoom Link for AVI Naloxolone Training

Thursday, January 14

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Tools for Change

This event is open to all students

This workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is especially important and useful for those who have not taken sexualized violence prevention training in the past and/or those with want to learn more about UVic’s work to prevent sexualized violence. The workshop is peer-led, highly interactive, and focused on learning skills. Attendees are invited to participate in accessible discussions and group activities. 

Register for Tools for Change

Clubs and course unions fair

Date & Time Event How to access

Wednesday, January 13

noon - 4 p.m.

UVSS Clubs and Course Union Days

Are you looking to get involved with the UVic community? Drop in to Clubs and Course Union Days held on Discord for an opportunity to meet and join various clubs and course unions through the UVSS. 

For more information about Clubs and Course Union Days, visit uvss.ca/event/clubsandcourseuniondays

Access Dischord server for Clubs and Course Union Days

Thursday, January 14

noon - 4 p.m.

UVSS Clubs and Course Union Days

Are you looking to get involved with the UVic community? Drop in to Clubs and Course Union Days held on Discord for an opportunity to meet and join various clubs and course unions through the UVSS. 

For more information about Clubs and Course Union Days, visit uvss.ca/event/clubsandcourseuniondays.

Access Dischord server for Clubs and Course Union Days

Indigenous students

Date & Time Event How to access

Monday, January 11

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Indigenous Student Orientation

This event is for new Indigenous students starting at UVic in January

Indigenous Student Orientation will provide information about academic and cultural supports, and opportunities and events available to Indigenous students at UVic. 

Register for Indigenous Student Orientation

Monday, January 11

2 - 3:30 p.m.

IACE Meet & Greet

This event is for Indigenous students

Meet the IACE staff and receive a virtual welcome back to the First Peoples House. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for IACE Meet & Greet

Tuesday, January 12

2 - 3:45 p.m.

Virtual Art Tour

This event is for Indigenous students

Join Lorilee Wastasecoot, curatorial intern at Legacy Art Gallery, for a virtual tour of Indigenous art on campus. Participants are free to come and go as needed with your class schedule!

Register for Virtual Art Tour

Wednesday, January 13

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Noon Networking: Campus Cousins Bingo

This event is for Indigenous students

Meet your peers, visit with the Elders and win prizes at this Noon Networking session. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for Campus Cousins Bingo

Wednesday, January 13

3 - 5 p.m.

Campus Cousins Crafting

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a crafting circle.

email
to register

Thursday, January 14

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Campus Counsins Virtual Hang Out

This event is for Indigenous students

Join the Campus Cousins for a virtual hangout.

email
to register

Friday, January 15

2 - 3 p.m.

NSU Two Spirit Circle

This event is for self identified Indigenous 2Spirit/Indigiqueer students only

Join fellow two-spirit/Indigiqueer students in this virtual circle! Hosted by Peter from the NSU and Yvonne from the IACE office. Receive a food card of your choice to have a lunch on us!

Register for NSU Two Spirit Circle

Friday, January 15

5 - 6 p.m.

Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

This event is for Indigenous students

Celebrate the Indigenous Graduates who registered for the Virtual Indigenous Recognition Ceremony.

Watch the Indigenous Recognition Ceremony live on Facebook

International students

Date & Time Event How to access

Sunday, January 3

7:30 - 9 p.m.

International Music Trivia

This event is open to all students

Do you enjoy listening to music from around the world? If yes, International Music Trivia is the session for you! This will include all musical genres, so join us and your peers to put your knowledge to the test! This will also be a great chance to learn and listen to different international music hits. You are also more than welcome to sing along!  

Register for International Music Trivia

Monday, January 4

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Academic Integrity and Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Most cases of plagiarism at UVic happen as a result of lack of clarity regarding the basics of citing and paraphrasing in the Canadian context. In this second part of our workshop, we will review academic integrity, examine examples of poorly integrated direct quotations, incorrect citations and inadequate paraphrasing, and discuss ways to correct. This session is for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic integrity workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Integrity

Monday, January 4

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Introduction to Canadian Culture with the Global Community

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

Come with an open mind and join us to learn more about Canadian culture! This will be an interactive session where you will learn some tips to help with your adjustment and transition to Canada. You will also have the opportunity to play a game to familiarize yourself with various aspects of Canadian culture!

Register for Introduction to Canadian Culture

Tuesday, January 5

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Basics of Academic Writing and Research for Grad Students: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international Grad students

As an international grad student used to writing in a different academic context, you might be unsure of the expectations and standards of academic writing and research in a North American university context. Building on our September session, we will review the importance of writing from research and practical strategies for planning, writing, and revising. We will focus on strategic approaches to self-edit in this workshop. This is a part ll conversation to our academic writing workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first!. 

Zoom link for Basics of Academic Writing and Research

Tuesday, January 5

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community 

This event is open to all students

Whether you came on an 18-hour flight or just a 20-minute drive, join our virtual student social drop-in where we will talk about our experiences in coming to UVic. A great opportunity to meet new people and play some fun online games. Drop-in for a bit or stay for the whole time and share your stories and experiences with us!

Zoom link for Student Social Drop-in

Thursday, January 7

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Academic Success and Online Learning for International Students in the Canadian Context: Part 2

This event is open to all students, with a focus for international students

What strategies help us achieve our academic goals in an online environment? In part 2 of this session (part 1 took place in the fall), we will review practical strategies for managing communication across time zones and tips to prepare for online academic success. In this second session, we will focus on effective strategies for participating in online class discussions. This session is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is a part ll of our academic success workshop in the Fall semester, so you should watch that first! 

Zoom link for Academic Success and Online Learning

Saturday, January 9

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

International Student Welcome

This event is for new international students starting at UVic in January

As an international student, you have a unique experience transitioning to university and life in Canada, so we've designed an orientation program just for you. The International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff and current students who will help you settle into life at UVic.

Register for International Student Welcome

Saturday, January 9

6 - 8 p.m.

The International Student Experience: Student Panel and Q & A

This event is for new international students starting at UVic in January

Are you interested in learning more about the international student experience at UVic? In this session, you will hear from international students who will share their experiences of studying at the university. You will have the opportunity to engage with the student panelists and ask any questions you may have!

Zoom link for The International Student Experience

Sunday, January 10

2 - 4 p.m.

Virtual Victoria

This event is open to all students

Are you new to Victoria and ready to explore? Join our virtual tour to learn about the best places to visit, nearby parks and hikes and fun things to do in the city. A great event to find adventure buddies for future trips and meet new friends! 

Register for Virtual Victoria

Monday, January 11

7 - 9 p.m.

Succeeding in your Canadian Job Search

This event is for international students

Students may be used to different job search strategies and workplace culture than those common in Canada. This workshop discusses these differences, and how students can use their intercultural competencies to succeed in their Canadian job search and in Canadian workplaces. An International Student Adviser from International Student Services (ISS) will be present at the workshop to provide an overview on international students’ work authorization.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand Canadian cultural values as well as their own
  • Know how to adjust their behavior to fit better in a new environment
  • Grasp the need to adjust their approaches effectively in Canadian job search activities
Zoom link for Succeeding in your Canadian Job Search

Tuesday, January 12

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Harry Potter Student Social Drop-in with the Global Community

This event is open to all students

Do you love Hogwarts, quidditch, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezesas as much as we do? Decorate your Hogwarts Zoom background as you get ready to join the sorting hat ceremony and other fun Harry Potter themed games and chit chat. Drop-in or stay for the whole time. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends! 

Zoom link for Harry Potter Social Drop-in

Thursday, January 14

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Global Community Culture Exchange

This event is open to all students

Join us to learn interesting facts about different cultures and phrases from languages around the world. Bi-weekly, we will explore two new countries through the lens of a native speaker. Let’s chat about language, traditions, music and food. Join the first Global Community Culture Exchange to explore Columbia and India with us! 

Register for Global Community Culture Exchange

The Office of Student Life is committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at eventassist@uvic.ca.