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
  • One Director of International Student Relations
  • Nine Faculty Directors
  •  Two Directors at Large
  • 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 Campaigns & Community Relations

Cleo Philp (they/she)

Director of Campaigns & Community Relations

Hello UVic, my name is Cleo! I use they/she pronouns, and I am in my fourth year of Political Science at UVic. I come originally from Treaty 7 territory, and currently live on unceded lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ land. Being the Director of Campaigns and Community Relations this year, is very exciting for me. I will spend my time making sure that students have enough to eat, and that there are low-cost, healthy options for them. I also want to make sure students are safe on-campus and in their housing by increasing sexualized violence protections, and ensuring that housing regulations are improved and enforced, while also working to increase the supply of low-cost housing. If you have any questions or want to get involved, reach out to me at or stop by my office in the SUB.

Director of Outreach & University Relations

Lane O’Hara Cooke

Director of Outreach and University Relations

Hi UVic! My name is Lane O’Hara Cooke, your UVSS Chairperson and Director of Outreach and University Relations. I spent the past year serving as the Director of Finance and Operations and the Advocacy Representative for the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM). 

I returned for a second term because of my belief in the invaluable nature of a student union. If we stand together, we can strive towards common goals and build sustainable, vibrant student life on campus. This year I hope to persist in tackling issues like the housing crisis and food insecurity while strengthening the collective power of student voice. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my cat, chatting about local politics, drinking coconut milk lattes from the Munchie Bar, and learning about lesbianism’s rich histories and cultures.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, I look forward to continuing to serve you. 

Director of Events

Sarah Buchanan (she/her)

Director of Events

Hi folks, my name is Sarah Buchanan, and I’m the director of events! I’m from Calgary – treaty 7 territory, specifically Tsuu T’ina land. I came out here in 2020, and made the switch to sociology after my first year. My engagement with the board has been great for applying what I’ve learned – I’ll be bringing that knowledge with me, and making scientifically the best events you’ve seen 😉

I’ve been interested in student politics for a while now. I helped push for better housing policy, and got to meet some of you while tabling or serving food last year. I’m really excited to come back this year! I’ve got some great stuff in the works, I can’t wait to see it all come together. I’m usually hanging out in my office, so feel free to stop by! I love meeting people. Outside of the board, I’ll usually be playing my guitar, or seeing my friends. I also like to play video games and watch movies, when I get the chance. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our events!

Director of Finance & Operations

Khushi Wadhwa (she/her)

Director of Finance & Operations

Hi everyone, my name is Khushi Wadhwa. I am currently in my 4th year at UVic as an economics student. I have worked with a lot of clubs and groups on campus in different capacities and I hope to bring my learnings to this role. I am an international student from India who loves a good coffee and an even better conversation (which I hope to have with many of you). I am super excited to work on sustainability initiatives and expanding our insurance coverage wherever possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or office hours 🙂 I am grateful and honoured to serve you through my role.

Director of Student Affairs

Bunni Williams
Director of Student Affairs

Hey! I’m Bunni, and I’m excited to step into the role of Director of Student Affairs! I am a fourth year Sociology and Indigenous Studies major, from the unceded territories of the Katzie, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples whose relationship to the land is ongoing. I’m passionate about improving diversity and inclusion within the UVSS so that we strengthen and serve all UVic students to the best of our ability. I believe that radical love and a strong sense of community are powerful methods of transformation that I want to lead with in my role.

Director of International Student Relations

Director of International Student Relations

Nico Caparas
Director of International Student Relations

Hello! I’m Nico, a second-year CompSci student from Manila, Philippines, and I currently serve as the Director for International Student Relations. As an international student myself, I understand the struggles that many international students face, such as homesickness, culture shock, concerns about study permits and work, and the high costs of tuition, housing, and food. Therefore, I want to ensure that all international students are aware of the services and resources available to them on campus to address these challenges. I would greatly appreciate your engagement and participation, particularly in the UVSS, as we work to tackle some of the major problems UVic students are currently facing. If you have any problems, questions, concerns, suggestions, or simply need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or drop by the SUB for a quick chat! 🙂

Faculty Directors

Tarek Alakkad
Director of Computer Science Student Relations

Naomi Tran
Director of Fine Arts Student Relations

Hey! My name is Naomi and I use she/her pronouns. I grew up in northern BC, situated on the unceded territories of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. I will be in my second year Visual Arts and Computer science in the fall. In addition, I will be working with the events portfolio this year! In my free time I love exploring different artistic mediums and going on long walks. I am passionate about making a difference and I am excited to be a part of this year’s board of directors.

Kate van Oort
Director of Science Student Relations

Directors at Large

Alisa Atanackovic
Director-at-Large (DaL)


Hawlii Simpson

The Native Students’ Union (NSU) Representative


Callum Carroll-Ireton

Pride Collective Representative

I’m Callum (Any/All), and I am a pan autistic enby studying computer science. I’m representing the UVic Pride group on the UVSS board. My role involves liaising with between the UVSS board and the Pride council, working with the other advocacy groups and the UVSS board to develop policy and put on events, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community at UVic. I love math, programming, video games, electronic music, and 5+ hour long video essays. You can often find me in the Pride room or the UVSS office at the SUB working on assignments, reading, or watching youtube. As the current advocacy group representative, I look forward to representing our community at the UVSS, and I hope to see you at some of our events!

Anna King

Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) Representative



Cate Freeborn (She/Her)

Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) Representative

Cate Freeborn serves as the Advocacy Representative for SSD, working with the Board of Directors and other members of the UVSS to further the interests of disabled and neurodivergent students at UVic.

A fourth-year major in Writing, Cate found herself drawn personally and politically to disability justice following her late diagnoses with autism and ADHD. In her time at SSD, she seeks to advocate for academic accessibility and improvements to material conditions for disabled students, as well as to carve out inclusive and educational social space (including support groups, community events and programming, and so forth).

She’s often seen lingering around the SUB, listening to too-loud music or willing away all her money at Munchie Bar.

Eric Willis (They/Them)

Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM) Representative

Hey! I’m Eric (they/them), a queer, non-binary, white settler of mixed European descent. I was raised on the territories of the Qualicum First Nation and Snaw-naw-as Mustimuxw Nation and now live here on lək̓ʷəŋən Territory, home to the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ. I am in the final year of my major in Honours Gender Studies and a minor in Applied Ethics. I am passionate about discussing all things gender, settler colonialism, sexuality, and trans-inclusive feminism. Please, feel welcome to visit the GEM Centre in B107 of the Student Union Building to say hello and chat. You may also contact me directly via email.

I am excited to step into the role of the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM) Board Representative! My responsibilities are to collaborate with other advocacy groups, act as a liaison between the GEM and the UVSS, amplify events and outreach, and advocate for the interests of the GEM community. I have been a GEM collective member since 2020; during this time, I have offered GEM’s Gender Diversity Workshop to UVic students, supported GEM’s annual Sexpo and co-facilitated the Non-Binary/Gender Non-Confirming Community Circle.