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.
Director of Finance & Operations
Dipayan Nag (he/him)
Director of Finance & Operations
Hello! It’s my exceptional honour to serve as your Director of Finance & Operations this year. I am an international student and completing my undergraduate degree in sciences, here at UVic. I was born in eastern India and grew up in the deserts of Oman. Victoria has been my home for the past few years, and I could not be more grateful to be here and receive strength and nourishment from this land.
Last year, I served as Director of International Student Relations and interacted with many students. This year, even though my role is different, I would like to continue those important conversations. As the head of UVSS administration, finance, and businesses, I am responsible for important services, like Health & Dental Insurance, Food Bank, U-Pass and more. I am also responsible for running the Student Union Building (SUB) itself. One of my priorities is to manage them the best I can as the financial health of society dictate the limitations of what we can do. It is therefore that I keep an open line of communications with as many students as I possibly can. One way of consulting students is through the Finance & Operations Committee. If you have new ideas or want to get involved, this is a good place to start. Come to our meetings!
Another area of priority is to formally initiate plans to make SUB carbon neutral. Our generation identified the disastrous effects of greenhouse gases and we need to make a conscious effort to curb them. We run Divest UVic campaign to lobby UVic to divest from all portfolios contributing to our planet’s destruction and I will prioritize making SUB as an example of our commitment.
Apart from work, you will find me on campus hanging out or soaking up the summer sun. If you are interested in getting involved, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we shall rise.
Director of Events
Q Roxas (they/them)
Director of Events
Hey folks! My name’s Q (they/them) and I’m your Director of Events!
I was born on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations – but was raised mainly on lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ lands. I’m a Trans Non-Binary settler of Ibanag, Ilokano, and Tagalog descent. I’m in limbo somewhere between third and fourth year in Honours Political Science and Gender Studies.
This year I’m prioritizing anti-racism, decolonization, and inclusivity, which I hope to connect to the Events portfolio. Put together, Events becomes a supportive role in operationalizing all the important causes and initiatives that our members care most about.
The upcoming year will require flexibility and adaptation while we are transitioning from online to on campus, and I hope we can do this as safely and as community centered as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any ideas or thoughts at: email@example.com or keep an eye out for my office hours or Call For Proposals where you can share events, ideas, and projects with me.
Looking forward to working together with you all!
Director of Outreach & University Relations
Marran Dodds (she/her)
Director of Outreach and University Relations
Hi there! My name is Marran (she/her) and I am so happy to serve as your Director of Outreach and University Relations this year. I was born on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and have lived, worked, and studied here my whole life! I am an Anthropology major, and I am passionate about collaborative leadership and organizing, Indigenous-led climate action, anti-racist policy, and social justice. I am really looking forward to advocating for UVic students on important issues like affordability, and advocacy.
Last year, I was elected on the UVSS board as a Director-at-Large, and later, the Director of Events! In these roles, I worked on the Divest UVic campaign, coordinated events, and advocated for the reopening of the UVic Bursary Program for COVID-19 relief.
This year, my role is primarily concerned with advocating for student priorities to the UVic Administration, as well as engaging with undergrads on campus, and through social media. I am dedicated to uplifting student voices to enact meaningful change, like adopting Open Education Resources, making sure our return to campus this Fall is safe and accessible, and holding the UVic administration accountable to student demands of divestment, decolonization, and social justice. More importantly, however, I want to hear from you folks!!! If you have any questions or thoughts on how the UVSS can best represent you, please drop by my office in the SUB, or send me an email. I look forward to doing this work with you!
Director of Campaigns & Community Relations
Robin Pollard (she/her)
Director of Campaigns and Community Relations
Hello! My name is Robin Pollard (she/her) and I am your Director of Campaigns and Community Relations.
I grew up as a settler on Treaty 7 Lands and am a fourth year Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies double major. I am passionate about engaging with climate solutions that center Indigenous sovereignty, social justice and economic equity. I believe recognizing who is being affected by a situation and advocating for the resources needed so that they can be present and speak for themselves is an important first step in creating change.
I am excited to work alongside UVic’s advocacy groups, committees, and individuals on this year’s campaigns which aim to to dismantle discrimination on campus, end sexualized violence, push UVic for actionable climate leadership such as full divestment, fight for a better transit system, increase affordability and support your mental health.
If these values and campaigns resonate with you and you hope to gain some hands-on volunteer or campaigning experience, or if you have further thoughts on how the UVSS can best represent you, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input, voice and involvement is what makes change happen!
Director of Student Affairs
Mariel Hernández (she/her)
Director of Student Affairs
Hey UVic! My name is Mariel (she/her), and I am here to help you with all things Course Unions, Clubs, Advocacy Groups, and NSU. I hope to get you connected to your perfect campus community! Come by my office or shoot me an email. I am passionate about anti-racism in our education, housing, environment, and mobility. So, let’s organize together!
Director of International Student Relations
Josh Fassnacht (he/they)
Hey UVic! My name is Josh Fassnacht (he/they), and I’m honored to be your Director of International Student Relations. I grew up in Indiana, U.S. where I first joined local environmental efforts, national mental health advocacy, and direct progressive political action.
I’m a second year Environmental Studies and Psychology double major passionate about employing reciprocal relationships we share with all aspects of various environments and social settings to uplift individuals, communities, and our shared home.
As we return to in-person learning, I will be working with the UVSS and all other student supports to expand backing, diminish excess fees & burdens, and foster a unifying community for international students on and off-campus that is safe, enriching, and empowering.
Your input and voice makes all the difference, so shoot me an email or visit my office anytime! The UVSS warmly welcomes you with open arms.
Directors at Large
Kathleen Banville (she/her)
When not biking around town finding all the best beaches and plant spots, Kathleen spends her time gardening, tending to her community, and thinking about liberation.
A third-year sociology and social justice student, she is keen to expand her world past the rhetoric of academia and find real-world approaches to everyday problems: removing tuition costs, actively supporting BLM and Land Back movements, and queering and cripping the academy.
With a background in radical cheerleading, Food Not Bombs, Critical Mass, and a myriad of other movements, Kathleen is an experienced activist and ally, as well as an enthusiastic lover of worker’s rights, abolition, and making the world a more accessible and kind place. She ran a successful worker’s co-op in Toronto, has been involved in Wet’suwe’ten land defender solidarity, and is always finding new ways to learn, grow, and better support folks in this increasingly lonely, isolating society.
Spot her daydreaming about a world without cops, or sipping a local brew while basking in the glory of nature – Kathleen is a dedicated friend, passionate advocate, and absolutely eager to listen to, and engage with, the ways her community can better support those within it – including, and especially, students.
Nigel Bisnar (he/him)
Hi! My name is Nigel Bisnar and I am a Director at Large. I am a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business. I grew up on the territories of the Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples and the W̱SÁNEĆ, Stz’uminus, and Coast Salish nations, otherwise known as Salt Spring Island.
I am passionate about sustainability both within the UVSS operations and the University of Victoria. I am also a member of Divest UVic and the Undergraduates of Political Science.
In my free time I love swimming, cycling, and rowing. I also enjoy sharing food, drinks, and laughter with friends.
Hailey Chutter (she/her)
Hey there! I’m Hailey and I am so happy to be a director at large this year! My time as a member of Divest UVic and on the Resident Green Team, as well as my first hand experience living on campus during the pandemic has given me insight on what impactful changes students need at UVic. I am super excited to work as a Director at Large to strengthen UVic’s sustainability, improve the student experience on and off campus, and bridge the gap between students and the mental health services UVic offers. I cannot wait to work with the other members of the board to achieve some ambitious goals this year. Outside of the UVSS you can find me thrifting downtown, daydreaming of skiing or at your nearest campfire!
Kritika Gupta (she/her)
Hey UVSS! My name is Kritika Gupta and I am a third year psychology major at UVic. I am an international student from India and have been loving my time in Victoria so far! I am so excited to be a part of the UVSS board and am so glad that I will be working with the sweetest and smartest bunch of people I have ever come across. I am very passionate about the field I am in but mainly because I am very zealous about promoting mental health awareness. I love volunteering with various organisations that help promote awareness regarding sexualised violence, bullying and mental health issues. During my time in the UVSS I have multiple priorities I would like to fulfill. I want to focus on making sexualised violence awareness mandatory and enforcing it by providing incentives like credits, discount coupons etc. in order to ensure that every person on campus feels safe. I would also like to give more support to the Peer Support centre so that they can help with the long wait times students’ have to go through to book an appointment with the counselling services. UVSS has been a big part of making me love staying alone in a new country and I would want to be that comfort for the other students!
Rowan Huff Froese (he/him)
Hey, my name is Rowan Huff Froese and I’m a fourth year transfer student studying Political Science. At the beginning of my studies with UVic, I was skeptical about student societies. But after doing some of my own research, my view shifted and led me to run for a position as a Director-at-Large.
My main goal as a DAL is to assist in making marginal and data-driven changes to the operations of the Society, so that the organization works more effectively and justly for undergraduate members. I plan to ensure that student fees are budgeted in a way that recognizes our needs in the short, medium, and long term.
Formerly, I ran a franchise business with College Pro for two years. I expect that my first-hand experience in business combined with my theoretical knowledge of political systems, both, will be beneficial elements in assisting this class of directors to make a positive impact on campus.
Shilpa Parveen (she/her)
Hi! I’m Shilpa Parveen, a director at large for the UVSS and entering my third year at UVic. I moved to Victoria from Saudi Arabia in 2019. I worked as an Engage leader as part of the New student connect team and volunteered with the Global community. I am passionate about helping people, and I’m driven by kindness as well as the desire to improve. I will also be working with the psychology undergraduate society (PUGS) and Residence team, which to me, is a way to build the community. My main priority as a director at large is to make sexualized violence training mandatory and keep the campus safe for everyone out there, mentally as well as physically.
Outside of university, I likes to work part -time, stargaze, meet her friends and go for long drives.
I hope to bring out the best in my role as a DAL and spread positivity!
Sid Pathak (he/him)
Hello! My name is Sid, a 4th year Computer Science & Mathematics student and I will be serving as a Director At Large for the 2021-2022 session. I was born in India but spent most of my childhood outside the country exploring different nations and their cultures. I’ve been an active part of multiple clubs and course unions on campus for over 4 years now and was trusted to serve as a leader for UVic Indian Students’ Association. My involvement in the UVic Community further extends to serving as an Orientation Leader with UVic Global Community & UVic Orientation and I look forward to working at UVSS to bring a positive change in Mental Health services, Food Bank services and Open Source Textbooks. When I’m in my own mood I like to experiment my cooking skills, read a book or go for an adventurous hike.
Dhruvi Raichada (she/her)
I’m a Director at Large for the UVSS entering my third year of the BCOM program. I am an international student with a keen interest in building a strong student community. I’m part of Gustavson’s JDCWest team and have been the President of the Club ‘Young Women in Business’. I have volunteered for various activities around campus including being a part of the New Student Connect Program. During the times of this COVID pandemic, it is important to support students to improve their mental health and also help them financially by advocating for open-source textbooks.
Kishal Scholz (she/her)
Hi folks! I’m Kishal Scholz (she/her) and I am so excited to be on the board as one of your Directors-at-Large this year. I am a second-year English and Gender Studies student and the current coordinator of the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store. I have spent most of my life on the unceded territory of the Stó:lō, Coast Salish, and Kwantlen peoples and I now live on W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen territories. As a settler on these lands and as a member of the BIPOC community, I understand the importance of centering my work around anti-racism and decolonization. My priorities are to improve essential services for students by helping to reduce stigma and making them more accessible and, in turn, create safer spaces for all students.
NATIVE STUDENTS UNION REPRESENTATIVE
The Native Students’ Union Representative
CONSTITUENCY ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES
Kai Muir (they/them)
The Gender Empowerment Centre Representative
Kai is the advocacy group representative for the Gender Empowerment Center. They are in their fourth year of a Geography and Environmental Studies degree, and this is their second 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 find joy in learning to care for plants, experimenting with homemade kombucha recipes, and making food to share with loved ones.