Student Representatives to the Board of Governors and the Senate

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Join UVic's Board of Governors and Senate!

 As a student representative on the Board of Governors or the Senate you play an important role in UVic’s governance. It is an opportunity for you to build skills (and your resume), to represent your fellow students, and to contribute to decision making on campus.

If you have any interest in governance, collaborative problem solving, advocacy skills or policy development then you should strongly consider running for Senate. Serving on Senate was one of the most valuable experiences during my time at UVic.
— Andrew Lemieux, former Student Senator

There are two student positions on the Board of Governors, one undergraduate student and one graduate student, elected by the student societies. Learn more about the Board of Governors composition here.

There are 16 student positions on the Senate, elected from the student societies. There is at least one seat reserved per faculty. Learn more about Senate’s composition here.

Students are elected to serve a one-year term, commencing on July 1st. Call for nominations and elections are usually held in the Spring term.

Check out the opportunities below!

Calls for Nominations

Student Senate and Board of Governors Representatives

Second Call for Nominations is now open and will close 4:30pm Thursday, March 7, 2024

Complete Student Nomination Package 

 The information contained in the complete Student Nomination Package (above) can also be found individually via the links below:

Student Senate Nomination Form
Grad Student Board of Governors Nomination Form
Campaign Guidelines
University Act
Poster, Banner, and Handbill Policy (BP3145)

Additional Information :

Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 4:30 pm

Completed nominations may be submitted to: OR in-person to the Office of the University Secretary, MWB A138

An email confirming receipt of nomination form will be sent. Please contact the Office of the University Secretary if you do not receive confirmation.

An all-candidates information session will be held on Friday, March 8 at 12:30 pm. This meeting is to outline the policies and procedures for the election.

As a student representative on the Senate or Board of Governors you play a vital role inuniversity governance. Consider standing for election or nominating one of your student colleagues.

Thank You!

Nominations Received


Senate nominations received in the first call (click on a name to view their biography)

Name Faculty Status
Sonja Foss Social Sciences Acclaimed
Moronke Harris Graduate Studies Acclaimed
Jen Hodge Humanities Acclaimed
Cole Kennedy Graduate Studies Acclaimed
Artem Kuklev Social Sciences Acclaimed
Evan Maher Engineering & Comp Sci Acclaimed
Justin Salinas Humanities Acclaimed
Ayla Starkey Social Sciences Acclaimed


Board of Governors nominations received in the first call (click on a name to view their biography)

Name Undergraduate/Graduate Status
Samantha Allan Undergraduate Elected
Artem Kuklev Undergraduate Not elected

Election Results

An election was held from February 20-22, 2024 to determine the undergraduate student representative to the Board of Governors.

Results Memo

The UVic Senate was a meaningful way to get involved. It was a platform for me to express what I cared about and to advocate for change. I always felt heard, and that my input was appreciated. I created connections with my fellow students and UVic faculty.
— Isabella Lee, former Student Senator