Important Divestment Decision at UVic, But More Is Still Needed
On November 17th, the UVic Foundation announced that they have completely divested their public equity investments from fossil fuel extraction and processing. While this sounds like a victory, and it is, there is still more work to be done. The Foundation’s fixed and alternative investments still contain millions of dollars invested in fossil fuels.
Pushing against the force of industry influence at UVic, the Divest campaign has worked relentlessly for over eight years to see progress from the Foundation. We need to honour that this progress could not have happened without student and faculty organizing.
Moving forward, Divest UVic we will continue to pressure the university to be accountable to climate leadership. Read Divest UVic’s statement for more.
UVSS Statement: 2021 Annual General Meeting
On October 28th, 2021, the UVSS hosted our 2021 Annual General Meeting. Thank you to all of the students who took hours out of their day to come out and participate in this meeting. The UVSS is your student society, and student engagement is crucial to its success and effectiveness.
As the UVSS Board of Directors, it is our responsibility to listen to student opinion, advocate for their wellbeing, and support student success. While we do this work, we also ensure that we engage in transparent decision-making, are accountable for our actions, and act in alignment with our values, one of them being good governance.
In the interests of transparency and good governance, we are releasing this statement in response to events that occurred at our Annual General Meeting.
Petition to lower International MSP fees
Monthly health fees for international students increased from $37.50 to $75.00 in January 2020, causing increased stress and pressure to international students while damaging the image of BC as a leader in international academic collaboration and alliances.
The UVSS and GSS are working to support international students financially by lowering the International MSP fee (medical service premium fee) with a petition to the BC Legislative Assembly.
We are asking the BC government to eliminate international students’ MSP fees.