UVSS UPDATES

UVSS Win: International student work study budget increase

Following the previous major win in international student advocacy regarding international bursaries, UVic has now also committed to increase the International Work Study budget by $200,000 due to further review. The current UVSS Director of International Student Relations, Josh, is excited to confirm this news and to continue advocating for such international student supports.

Rent with Rights updates

Attention renters! Some important actions have come from the BC government to help protect renters: a rent freeze until the end of 2021, and some measures to prevent tenants being displaced from their homes due to illegal renovictions.

UVSS Director of Campaigns, Robin, has also been advocating to Oak Bay Council to increase the supply of housing options for students by legalizing secondary suites, and increasing the occupancy limit for the number of unrelated roommates (currently limited to three).

Community Immunity!

As UVic plans for a return to campus in the Fall, getting vaccinated is the one of the best and most efficient ways to reduce the spread, and protect our on and off campus community.

Join us on Thursday, July 15 from 5:00-6:30pm for our Community Immunity COVID-19 Townhall and Q&A on Zoom. Have questions about COVID-19 or the vaccines? We’ve got experts from 19toZero who will deliver a presentation and answer any questions you may have.

We also have some information and resources on our Community Immunity webpage. Check it out below.

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

National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous History Month

Today, the UVSS Board recognizes the beauty, strength and knowledge of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. We especially recognize the W̲SÁNEĆ and Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples of whose lands we do our work and our learning on.

As a non-profit, social justice based organization, we acknowledge our responsibility to align our work, and our actions as UVic students, with the values of decolonization and Indigenous self-determination. As students we are working towards creating a healthier future for us all, and that can only happen once justice has been achieved.  We recognize that learning our history on these lands – both individually and collectively – is an important first step.

Statement of solidarity with Indigenous land defenders

The UVSS Board stands in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders and their supporters across blockades on unceded Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territory (Fairy Creek, Walbran Valley, Eden Grove, Caycuse) and throughout what is colonially known as Vancouver Island.

The defense of old growth forests across so called British Columbia is resistance against historical and ongoing structures of settler-colonial violence and capitalism. These structures are upheld today by the continuous displacement of Indigenous peoples from the Land they hold living relationships with.

Asian Heritage Month: celebrating diversity, standing against hate

As Asian Heritage Month comes to a close, the UVSS recognizes the rich diversity of Asian students on our campus. May is dedicated to East and Southeast Asians, South and Southwest Asians, as well as Pacific Islanders—groups which make up a significant and integral part of our membership. 

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, and those coded as East Asian have experienced violence and racial transgressions during the COVID-19 pandemic—exacerbating the anti-Asian discrimination experienced long before COVID, and which some members face disproportionately. As we prepare to return to campus, we stand in solidarity with all those affected regarding issues of mental, physical, financial, and social well-being, as well as safety and accessibility.

UVSS Statement: Stop Anti-Asian Hate

The loss of eight people murdered in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16 highlights an escalating pattern of anti-Asian hate crimes that is not isolated to the United States. In Vancouver alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by 717 per cent. These attacks and their lack of visibility were made possible by hundreds of years of ongoing colonization, the reproduction of white supremacy, the history of sexualization and sexism towards Asian women, and the continued othering of those of Asian descent. 

The UVSS condemns not only these attacks, but the racist rhetoric that fuels them. As we mourn those who were lost, we reaffirm our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization that pushes for equity on campus and in our larger community.

UVSS and #BlackLivesMatter

The University of Victoria Students’ Society stands with Black and Indigenous communities and People of Colour in the United States, Canada, and around the world. We are actively exploring avenues for unlearning and eliminating systemic racism within our governance and operations, starting with all Directors undergoing anti-racism training on June 22nd.

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.