University of Victoria
University of Victoria's President's Distinguished Service Award recipient

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Victoria was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • In association with its libraries and the office of the Vice President and Provost, the University of Victoria manages a diversity writing contest, open to all students and youth in the Capital Region District -- financial prizes are awarded to first and second place winners, including a prize for best spoken word/slam poetry entry
  • University of Victoria libraries and archives are committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender people, and have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with transgender activism
  • In 2015, the University of Victoria opened its new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities, which features improved accessibility and family change rooms that includes additional space for transgendered individuals -- CanAssist, an organization at the university that helps persons with disabilities improve their quality of life, will also have additional space in the new facility
"The diversity conference provides spaces for people to share, for others to hear and learn, and to hopefully come away with a better understanding of the myriad of perspectives and lived experiences that are found within our campus. Despite the fact that the conference topics are challenging, and often the discussions make us feel unsettled and out of our comfort zone, they are needed. They help us and allow us to recognize ourselves in others, and through this experience make an authentic commitment to advocate for change." Paula C., Manager


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Full-time employees in Canada 2,874
Workforce representation female employees (58.9 %), female managers (51.6 %), visible minority employees (7.5 %), visible minority managers (7.7 %), Aboriginal employees (1.8 %), Aboriginal managers (1.9 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, Internationally Educated Professionals
Employee resource groups Academic Women's Caucus (forum for women to discuss issues and develop initiatives), Minoritized and Indigenous Women Instructors' Network, Immigrant Employee Support Network, Positive Space Network
Formal commitment equity and human rights office, office of equity and human rights, Provost's diversity and equity steering committee, mental health task force, student mental health strategy, human rights committee
Unique diversity initiatives diversity research forum (2-day conference for employees, students and the broader community), Community Building Fund (financial assistance for faculty, students and staff projects on equity, diversity and inclusion), Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards (recognize individuals who work to address systemic or institutionalized barriers), workshops to train individuals as Positive Space Network Resource Persons, hires STEPS-post-secondary youth with developmental disabilities to work in library

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