The UVSS Board of Directors’ offices are located in the Student Union Building (SUB Room B103).

The Board of Directors is made up of 22 student directors:

  • Five Lead Directors
  • Eleven Directors at Large
  • One Director of International Student Relations
  • Four Constituency Organization (Advocacy Group) Representatives
  • One Native Students’ Union Representative

The Board is the collective decision-making body for the Students’ Society. They organize events, provide services, and advocate for students. Board members are elected annually and are accountable to the 19,000+ undergrads they represent.

Lead Directors

Director of Finance & Operations
Phone: 250-472-4288
Email: finance@uvss.ca

Caleb Burd
Director of Finance & Operations

Hi, my name is Caleb Burd and I am your Director of Finance and Operations. I am a passionate and driven Political Science student in my fourth year at UVic. I was raised in central Vancouver Island on the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nations where my passion for environmental sustainability began. The environmental degradation on Vancouver Island and the need for a worldwide climate response has inspired me to pursue a career in policy analysis to help make changes within our political system. Last year, I studied full time, worked as a server at a local restaurant, and volunteered on the Board of Directors of the UVSS as a Director at Large. During that year on the board, I saw many inadequacies in the UVSS’ environmental sustainability and, more importantly, an untapped potential to make the UVSS an environmental leader. Although we made a lot of improvement last year, there is much more to be done, and this is what inspired me to run again.

As the Director of Finance and Operations, I am responsible for supervising the administration of all aspects of the Students’ Society’s finances, operations, services, marketing, and strategic planning. I also chair the Finance and Operations Committee, which oversees much of these duties. This year I plan on bringing values of sustainability, advocacy, and decolonization to all aspects of my work to help make the UVSS more inclusive and sustainable. If you have any questions, would like to get involved in any of the initiatives I mentioned, or want to join the Finance and Operations Committee, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Director of Events
Phone: 250-721-8369
Email: events@uvss.ca

Marran Dodds
Director of Events

Hey there! My name is Marran, and I’m your Director of Events!

I am a fourth-year student studying Anthropology & Indigenous Studies at UVic, and I grew up here on the unceded, unsurrendered territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Having previously served on the board this year as a director at large, I’m really excited to now take the lead on planning some events for the last three months of the school year!

I’m excited to create more fun, accessible, safe, and engaging events for students; I’m currently hosting the monthly Learning Allyship & Solidarity Book Club over Zoom, and am planning to carry on the amazing work of the previous Director of Events before the year is over!

I’m passionate about environmental sustainability, social justice & anti-racism, and decolonization, and hope to continue my work on the board working within those values. Hosting online events are challenging; the Zoom burnout is real(!!) but we’re all in this together. I hope that our work in the events portfolio continues to get you excited to join us in the fun J If you have any thoughts or ideas, or are looking to help out in any capacity as a volunteer, please feel free to drop me an email: events@uvss.ca

I look forward to sharing some good times with you!

Director of Outreach & University Relations
Phone: 250-721-8370
Email: outreach@uvss.ca

Sarina de Havelyn
Director of Outreach and University Relations

Hi there! My name is Sarina de Havelyn and I am so happy to be your Director of Outreach and University Relations. I grew up in Nanaimo, BC, and decided to enrol at UVic due to its sense of community and proximity to nature. I am now in my fourth year of Political Science and love learning about how to create meaningful and inclusive communities.

My experience as a co-op student for the Mental Health and Substance Use Branch of the Ministry of Health and as a Minister of the British Columbia Youth Parliament introduced me to the challenges of creating change from within institutions. I look forward to bringing those experiences to this role to shift UVic towards affordability, advocacy, and sustainability. I am also excited to bring my passion for mental health literacy to the UVSS, as supporting a welcoming environment for neurodiverse students is essential for improving our school’s environment for everyone.

In my free time, I enjoy teaching Taekwondo, tutoring children English, organization, and gardening. If you have any questions or thoughts on how the UVSS can best represent you, please send them my way at outreach@uvss.ca. I look forward to working with you!

Director of Campaigns & Community Relations
Phone: 250-721-8366
Email: campaigns@uvss.ca

Emily Lowan
Director of Campaigns and Community Relations

Hi there! I’m Emily, your new Director of Campaigns and Community Relations!

I’m a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies, with a passion for finding community-led climate solutions and making education more affordable for students. In the absence of a global pandemic, you can find me hogging table space at Munchie Bar, screaming about UVic’s 40 billion dollar investment in fossil fuels, or riding the notoriously unreliable route 39 bus.

This year, our campaigns will be really focussed on supporting your mental health, fighting for a better transit system, providing COVID-19 supports, ending sexualized violence and getting UVic out of the fossil fuel industry.

For those of you who like the details, a few projects we’ll be working on this year include: working with the university to provide consent workshops for all first year students; developing new tactics in our fight for divestment; and lobbying the municipalities of Saanich and Oak Bay to stop criminalizing student living situations in their housing bylaws.

If any of this is important to you, just shoot me an email  at campaigns@uvss.ca. We need your input, voice and involvement to make these important changes happen.

Director of Student Affairs
Phone: 250-721-8367
Email: affairs@uvss.ca

Dalal Tubeishat
Director of Student Affairs

Hi, my name is Dalal Tubeishat and I am your Director of Student Affairs! I am a fourth year Political Science major passionate about social justice and advocating for students.

In my role, my focuses are promoting decolonial values in the UVSS, supporting Clubs and Course Unions, and empowering Advocacy Groups and the Native Students Union. My main goal this year is to foster inclusivity within the UVSS and on campus as a whole.

When I am not in the SUB, you can catch me soaking in some sun in the quad, talking about all things social justice, drinking too many cups of coffee, and going on walks with my dog. I am dedicated to ensuring the UVSS represents students and advocates on behalf of the needs of students. If you ever have questions or would like to chat, come by my office (once the SUB fully reopens) or shoot me an email!

Directors at Large

Izzy Adachi

Hello! I’m Izzy Adachi, and I am one of your directors-at-large! I am a BSW student who grew up in the territory of the Stô:lo and Kwantlen people, in what is now known as Mission, British Columbia. I sit on various committees with a primary focus on Outreach and University Relations. I am excited to be working towards and advocating for better mental health resources for students, including working closely with our Peer Support Centre and providing support for students affected by COVID-19.

Jana Barkowsky

Jana is a Director at Large in her fourth year of linguistics with a minor in psychology. As a portfolio DAL for student affairs, she sits on the Course Union Council and the Advocacy Relations Committee. She is also involved in the Events committee, and is part of the ReThink Mental Health, Grants Now, and the COVID-19 Response campaigns. Her work with children and vulnerable populations has increased her passion for equity and awareness, which is an attitude she brings to her position on the board. In her spare time, she enjoys trying to learn as many instruments as possible and drinking more coffee than reasonable.

Evan Guildford

Evan Guildford is a Director at Large for the UVSS and is entering his second year of pre-core business as a BCOM major. Evan moved to Victoria from Hong Kong during elementary school and has grown up here ever since. Evan has done work for World Vision Canada, the Times Colonist and the Salvation Army through the Beta Tau chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He is a part of Gustavson’s JDC West team and has worked with the CSS’ Community Outreach portfolio. Outside university, Evan holds a pilot’s license and is a lifeguard at the Oak Bay pool. Evan is a sitting member of the Finance and Sub Marketing committees and will be working closely with other portfolios. Through his financial focus, Evan plans to provide value for UVSS services and revitalize its mental health resources.

Paarth Mittal

Paarth is a third-year student double majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science. His passion for politics is derived from his concern about environmental degradation and ongoing processes of colonialism, which harm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) and working-class communities. Thus, he believes that the University’s commitments to sustainability and reconciliation should be accompanied by action. Paarth’s belief in people-powered change is manifested in his involvement in various campaigns such as Divest UVic, Ancient Forest Alliance, free birth control and youth climate strikes. Through his work in the Campaigns portfolio, Paarth will prioritize fossil fuel divestment, Make Transit Work and housing affordability. As a settler of colour who immigrated from India, Paarth aims to make the campus a happy and safe space that empowers students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and/or with (dis)abilities. An interesting fact about Paarth is that he loves the Disney series “Austin & Ally.”

Jocelynne Parent

My name is Jocelynne Parent and I am a director at large. I am a second-year student majoring in Germanic studies with a minor in creative writing. As a director at large, I am involved with the events portfolio and sitting on the campaigns committee. I hope to help create a welcoming and fun environment for UVic students. Outside of the UVSS, I’m either attending classes or binge watching the same three tv shows.

Victoria Ritchie

Victoria is a settler, born on the lands of Okanagan & Syilx peoples, now living and learning on Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ territories. She is a third-year Geography & Environmental Studies Student, with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She is passionate about grassroots level organizing, sustainability and building inclusive spaces within the UVSS and the broader community. As a member of the Campaigns & Community Relations Portfolio, Vic will be advocating for climate justice, sexualized violence prevention, Divest UVic, and COVID response resources. She also plans on working closely with the Finance, Policy Development and Events committees. Outside of the UVSS, Vic likes to take care of her plant friends, knit, make soap and shut down the colonial state.

Mariel Hernandez

Hello! My name is Mariel, a fourth-year political science student with a minor in Pacific and Asian studies. I am involved in decolonization and anti-racist initiatives that the UVSS puts together to hold our university community accountable. My main focus is with the Student Affairs portfolio which is aimed at fostering inclusivity and support networks for UVic students. I am excited to bring my passion of migrant justice advocacy and mentoring to our team.

Outside of university, I bake up a storm, love discovering new hikes, and trying to keep my obsession with language learning going.  

Directors of International Student Relations

Dipayan Nag

Hello! I am incredibly grateful to serve as your Director of International Student Relations on the UVSS Board. I was born in India and grew up in the Sultanate of Oman. My interest in sciences and self-expression brought me to UVic.

I have had considerable involvement in the UVic Community serving as leader with UVic clubs and organizations and have been an active volunteer and activist on UVic Campus. In 2017, I was also recognized as one of seventeen peer leaders from more than 130+ delegates who attended the Youth Forum of the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial, 2017, where I engaged with global leaders on meaningful youth engagement and youth-related issues. I am excited to bring my experience and zeal to the UVSS and look forward to achieving meaningful progress.

Outside of academics, I love to cook and experiment with different recipes. I am also an avid shower singer and love cracking dad jokes!

NATIVE STUDENTS UNION REPRESENTATIVE

Jenna Lancaster

The Native Students’ Union Representative

firekeeper@uvicnsu.ca

CONSTITUENCY ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES

Marina Kit Muir
The Gender Empowerment Centre Representative

Kit is the advocacy group representative for the Gender Empowerment Center. They are in their third year of a Geography and Environmental Studies degree, and this is their first year serving on the UVSS board. As the GEM representative, their role involves collaborating with other advocacy groups on policy development and programming, acting as a liaison between the GEM and the UVSS, and advocating for the interests of the GEM community. They are also the loving caretaker of the GEM’s numerous houseplants.

Website: uvicssd.com

Email: ssdrep@uvic.ca

Natalie Blecha
Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) Representative

Natalie is the Constituency Representative for the Society for Students with a Disability. This is her third year serving in this position as both an executive council member of the SSD and a board member of the UVSS. ​ She is a fourth-year Civil Engineering undergraduate student.

Website: soccollective.com

Email: soccrep@uvss.ca

Gina Tran

Students of Colour Collective Representative

Hello everyone, my name is Giang Trần, I go by “Gina”! I’m from Vietnam and I have lived in Victoria for almost 3 years. I’m currently in my 3rd year at UVic with a major in Economics.​ As the SOCC Board Representative, my main job is to communicate and assist SOCC members, report SOCC’s weekly activities to the UVSS board, and discuss and negotiate with board members to effectively reallocate resources to advocacy groups. UVSS has been my hub since the first day of my first year in UVic. For me, the UVSS is not only a workplace but also a home where I meet amazing people, contribute and share my knowledge, as well as learn from others. I am very grateful to be a part of the UVSS!

Katy Berglund

UVic Pride Representative

Hi, I’m Katy! I’m happy to be serving as the Board Representative for UVIC Pride. I’m a settler who is currently living and learning on Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ territories. I’m in my 3rd year of Political Science at UVic, with a passion for community building. As the Pride Representative on the board, my role is to communicate to Pride members, report Pride’s activities and engagement to the board, and to advocate effectively and equitably for Pride. The UVSS has been a source of engagement, friendship and much more during my time at UVic, and I’m looking forward to giving back in my capacity in this role. Outside of school and work, I enjoy reading, doom-scrolling on twitter and consuming lots of caffeine.