Lois Harder, new dean of social sciences

Lois Harder is a dedicated advocate for the rights of people and as a political scientist, she expertly navigates the areas of citizenship law, social policy, gender and equity. As incoming dean, she brings her skills in academic scholarship, leadership and music to the Faculty of Social Sciences, beginning a five-year term on July 1. The faculty thanks Graham Voss for his outstanding leadership as interim dean.

Flags lowered

The university flags were lowered on May 28 in memory of the 215 children whose bodies have been discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory. They will remain lowered until further notice.

Grad research fellowships announced

The Faculty of Social Sciences announced two competitive research fellowships to support research that examines the use of identity data in academic and policy research to address systemic racism. This initiative is part of the Faculty’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This year, the call was for research to address an emerging issue of considerable importance – the role of race-based identity data in public policy and research in Canada.

New opioid study

The opioid crisis in BC continues to capture news headlines as a growing epidemic alongside COVID-19. UVic economist, Chris Auld and co-author UCLA School of Law Vice Dean and UVic adjunct professor, Jill Horwitz published an innovative study, “Regulating Opioid Supply Through Insurance Coverage,” which appears in the September 2020 issue of the leading health policy journal Health Affairs.

Expert Q & A on police, protests and media

Amid mass protests across North America, the focus of media has shifted to police defunding and the role of police in society reflecting tensions between police violence and basic principles of democracy. University of Victoria political scientist Michelle Bonner, is an expert in the media analysis of police violence and protests. She says we are witnessing a rare opportunity when the media have included (on occasion) other voices, such as the protesters themselves, in their stories.

Trudeau scholar addresses gender violence

Can Indigenous diplomatic legal principles help lead communities away from gender violence? Jasmine Dionne, a UVic PhD student in political science, is working with the Cree and Metis community of Saka Wiyiniwak (Cree for “Boreal Forest Peoples”) in Northeastern Alberta to reimplement Indigenous legal principles, as part of a three-year scholarship, announced this month by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.