2020 Impact Fund Recipients

2020 Strategic Framework Impact Fund Recipients

In 2020, the following 6 University of Victoria initiatives received funding totalling $302,603.

The Water Sustainability Collective

This initiative establishes an interdisciplinary multi-faculty research collaboration called the Water Sustainability Collective (WSC). Water sustainability is a timely research theme for UVic with multiple water sustainability-related activities occurring across campus ranging from locally-relevant to internationally-recognised. The initiative aims to galvanise UVic's excellence in water research to tackle ambitious water-related challenges across varied scales. Over a three year period, the WSC will: develop an exciting series of events that will enhance our engagement with off-campus NGOs and government; result in major external funding applications; lead to the creation of policy briefs; and provide an opportunity to gauge the scope and potential for a more formal research cluster of excellence.

Contact: Caetano Dorea 

Length of Project: 3 years

Funding: $75,000


Vancouver Island Impact Investing Hub

The Vancouver Island Impact Investing Hub (VI3Hub) will be a multi-stakeholder platform hosted at UVic and built in collaboration with community members to promote investments in sustainable futures and support achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Combining climate action, sustainable finance and impact investing in a single integrated hub, its activities will include developing cross-disciplinary research insights, providing experiential learning opportunities, and generating awareness for the public and the investment community on ways to mobilize capital for climate solutions and sustainable innovation on Vancouver Island, BC and beyond. The initiative team will leverage their research expertise, global networks and connections to help advance local and national efforts to mobilize private investments for climate mitigation and adaption. VI3Hub will establish UVic as a centre of excellence in climate finance and impact investing while contributing to the Island’s clean growth and prosperity. Informing, enabling and engaging students in the hub’s activities will empower a new generation of climate innovators in life, work and study. 

Contact: Basma Majerbi

Length of Project: 2 years

Funding: $80,000


Staging Equality: anti-racism and de-colonization through arts-based community engagement

This initiative aims to re-imagine how theatre can address issues pertaining to systemic racism, the meaning of diversity, actionable equity, and Indigenization. An interdisciplinary team composed of students, faculty and community partners will build and test a new structure for one of UVic’s most public-facing, community-engaged and experiential learning programs. A three-year cycle of activity is planned that includes: establishing a working group; organizing keynotes, panels, and workshops with leading scholars and practitioners; holding a community-based theatre performance, led by an Indigenous artist-in-residence that addresses the Indigenous histories of the land on which UVic resides; and developing a report on restructuring the arts-based academy in support of decolonization and diversification.

Contact: Yasmine Kandil & Sasha Kovacs

Length of Project: 3 years

Funding: $64,087


UVic Bounce

UVic Bounce promotes students’ psychological health and well-being through alumni and faculty stories that emphasize common struggles and resilience. Modeled on Stanford’s Resilience Project, the initiative will culminate in a series of videos to be shared within and beyond UVic. These videos share with students examples of how to meet and overcome challenges; deepen connection and feelings of belonging among students, faculty and alumni; model resilience, compassion, and mutual support; and prompt reflection on being successful, finding meaning, discovering your path, and forging your values. Over the course of three years, the initiative will: establish an advisory board to ensure inclusivity and community representation; consult with Alumni Relations, Student Affairs, IACE, CAL and faculties; and produce and launch a video series.

Contact: Rebecca Gagan

Length of Project: 3 years

Funding: $51,716


Employee Electric-Bike (E-bike) Purchase Program

Contact: Eleri Davies

Length of Project: 2 years

Funding: $13,500     

The E-bike program will provide up to 150 full-time UVic employees with the opportunity to purchase an E-bike (approximately $2,000/bike). The initiative aims to increase cycling ridership, reduce parking demand and reduce GHG emissions from travel. E-Bikes open cycling up to all ages and abilities as they provide a convenient mode of commuting over challenging routes and longer distances. The program will be funded through a university loan that will be used to provide 2-years of financing for participants. Over the course of the two years, employees will repay the costs of the e-bike via payroll deductions, while Impact Funds will be used to cover the costs of the loan’s 3% annual interest. Details on participant eligibility will be available on the Campus Planning and Sustainability website: UVic Sustainability - University of Victoria

Contact: Eleri Davies 

Length of Project: 2 years

Funding: $13,500


Scaffolding and Integrating Experiential Learning: Building on our strengths and learning from one another

This initiative will create accessible resources to help instructors include Experiential Learning (EL) in their teaching, with an emphasis on first- and second-year courses and research-enriched experiences. To create these resources for all instructors at UVic, we will learn from student, alumni, faculty/instructor, coordinator, and community partner perspectives on key EL learning outcomes and associated “success” factors, as well as perspectives on gaps for achieving EL learning outcomes in capstone EL experiences. We will share this work across disciplines to support the scaffolding of a full range of EL opportunities. Avenues for sharing will include workshops, consultation/mentorship opportunities, the Teach Anywhere website, Strategic Enrolment Management committees and a community of practice.

Contact: Rhianna Nagel

Length of Project: 1 years

Funding: $18,300