The SUB is home to the Native Students’ Union and 4 advocacy groups: UVic Pride Collective, Students of Colour Collective (SOCC), Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) & the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM). These groups do incredible advocacy work for students and we strongly recommend getting involved with them or seeking out the wide range of supports they offer to students.
Student advocacy is one of our primary reasons for existing. We exist to provide advocacy, representation, services & events to our members.
Native Students’ Union (NSU)
The NSU works to empower Indigenous students to benefit from the learning experiences available at UVic. The NSU also provides a forum through which Indigenous students can maintain strong cultural and spiritual ties with other Indigenous students in the post-secondary education system. The NSU offers support and encouragement in the form of regular meetings and social events. If you are interested in participating, call or stop by the NSU office for more information.
Room: SUB B023
Phone: (250) 472-4394
Society for Students with a Disability (SSD)
The Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) is a student advocacy group that promotes the full participation and inclusion of students identified with disabilities at the University of Victoria. SSD provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for all students identified with disabilities. SSD advocates for individual accommodation and systemic changes to the University that will make post-secondary education more accessible and socially just. To get involved, call or drop by our office in the SUB.
Students of Colour Collective (SOCC)
The UVSS Students of Colour Collective is a group of self-identified Indigenous and/or People of colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria, located on Lekwungen Homelands. We attempt to defy the mainstream and act from the margins placing issues of race, gender, and colonization into an anti-racist framework which builds our work, action, and political endeavors. SOCC welcomes and encourages all students who self identified Indigenous and/or People of colour at UVic to become active members.
For more information about resources, activities and how to get involved with SOCC, please drop by the SOCC office.
Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM)
The Gender Empowerment Centre is a collectively run, drop-in space on campus that provides student resources through an intersectional feminist framework. We provide health resources, peer support, as well as a space to hang out, study, and meet others. Our lounge area is open to women, non-binary and gender fluid people and our library is open to everyone. We are committed to facilitating a creative, collaborative, community space through ongoing initiatives like Thirdspace Zine, our library, and workshops and initiatives throughout the year. Our collective is volunteer-driven and always welcomes new volunteers.
UVic Pride Collective
UVic Pride is an advocacy group for trans, queer and intersex students on campus and the broader community. UVic Pride is a collective that operates within an anti-oppressive framework, honouring intersectionality. We aim to maintain safer spaces on campus founded in mutual respect, welcoming to any and all queer, trans, and intersex people. Anybody can get involved, volunteer, or just hang out! UVic Pride regularly hosts social and advocacy events. We also have a lending library, resource programs (binders, transfeminine shoes, packers, breast forms, safer sex supplies, etc), a communal kitchen space, and a private, gender neutral washroom. Drop by our office or visit our website for more information about upcoming events, or to sign up for our listserv.
Room: SUB B010