News From Your Lead Directors

Outreach

Holy moly, it has been a wild past couple of weeks! I was thrilled to be able to meet so many of you at Residence Movie-In Day(s), Campus Kick-Off, Thunderfest, and Clubs and Course Union Days. We gave out (free) UVSS swag at record speeds and it’s been so delightful to see you taking pride in your student union and, rocking UVSS tote bags all around the city. I also had the pleasure of addressing new UVic Undergraduate and Graduate students at the New Student Welcome Event in the Quad. I know this is a hectic time, whether you are in your first year or your fifth! I encourage you to reach out to us with any UVSS or student advocacy related questions. Remember, we’re all in this together. Shoot me an email at outreach@uvss.ca.  

Campaigns

Hey folks! Campaigns has a Rental Rights Workshop coming to you this Halloween! Presented by TAPS – one of the largest organizations that provides free support for income assistance and tenancy issues. If you’re curious about your rights as a renter, this workshop is for you! Check out TAPS’ resources for renters here! But we’re not just running a Rental Rights Workshop! We are starting up regular Naloxone Training (dates TBD), and a Halloween guest appearance from Good Night Out for our students in residence! Go say hi if you see the people in pink!                                                     .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .

Events

Hard to believe September is over already! We spent so much time preparing for CKO just to have it fly by on us! And what a success it was – thank you to the staff, volunteers, and performers who made it all possible. The Events portfolio slowing down a bit for the month of October – our by-election and AGM are coming up, leaving us with much to take care of on that front. Still, keep an eye out! We’re running monthly hot lunches and puppy playtimes, on the 10th and 16th in October, respectively.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     .                                                                         .

Finance

Hope you had a great week of classes!For anyone who is looking for support on UMO app or card, please visit our info booth in the SUB.
This is your reminder to beware of the opt-out dates! Please note that the Change-of-Coverage Period is August 22 – September 22 for the UVSS Extended health and dental plan and you must opt-out directly on the Studentcare website. Please remember that appeals for opting out of u-pass are accepted until 30 September 2023 and remember to review the basis of your appeal before you apply for it! Another notable item- to access free mental health resources covered by your UVSS Extended health and dental plan, you need to download the dialogue app and you should have received the access code for it via email- if not, please contact Studentcare team directly or visit their office in the SUB!

Affairs

Hey Students! I’m so excited to welcome you back to campus! Reminder that September 14th and 15th from 10-430 is Clubs and Course Union days! Come by the SUB and meet our diverse communties that help make UVIC fun!! There will be over 150 clubs to meet along with a Dunk tank, Airbrush tattoos and a hot dog eating contest! If you see me around campus please come up and say hi!!                                                                    

International Student Relations

Hello! Can you believe a month has already flown by, and midterms are approaching!? Time flies when you’re having fun! If you need help with anything or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at internationalrep@uvss.ca!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              .

How to Get Involved

Join a Committee

Check out our committee schedule and a description of what committees are. These are all open committees, so you can just pop on in!

Attend Board Meetings

We have board meetings two Mondays a month at 6pm, which are live streamed via our Facebook page. You can see past minutes and upcoming agendas, too.

Volunteer with Us

We’re looking for many awesome volunteers throughout the year, and especially at the beginning of the term!

UVSS Statements

UVSS Condemns the Hateful 1 Million March 4 Children – September 2023

There is a palpable heaviness that can be felt across UVic in the wake of the announcement for the planned anti-trans, anti-queer marches that are taking place all across the nation today.

The prevalence of trans-antagonistic far-right scapegoating has markedly increased the past few years. For hundreds of years in our postcolonial country, queer folks have been used as a vessel to deflect anger about systemic and societal failures.

Click here to read the full statement.

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023

June 21st is a day to celebrate the diverse communities of Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples across Turtle Island. It is a day to recognize, reflect and uplift the resistance of Indigenous peoples that continue to this day against ongoing settler colonialism. Settler colonialism is an ongoing system of power that perpetuates genocide, racism, and land dispossession for the purpose of foreigner settlers to inhabit land.

Click here to read the full statement.

Health and Dental Plan

Who’s Covered?

Undergrad students who are members of the UVSS and are registered in at least 3 units of on-campus classes in September or January including co-op or distance students are automatically covered by the UVSS Enhanced Health & Dental Plan.

Two Coverage Options?

UVSS Members now have access to a flexible benefit model that offers students two different coverage options, the Enhanced Plan (higher coverage at higher cost) and the Basic Plan (lower coverage at lower cost).

Change of Coverage

Choose your coverage plan , mix and match portions of both, or opt out during the Change-of-Coverage Period each year.

  • Fall: August 24th to September 22nd
  • Winter: December 22nd to January 22nd

See studentcare.ca for more info.

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