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Social justice and equity

The knowledge that all people deserve respect, dignity and fairness is at the heart of everything we do at UVic. Our researchers and artists advance this fundamental value in a variety of ways. 

We connect across academic and community boundaries to examine ethics, politics, culture, and historical and current wrongs. We identify how to stop unjust practices, prevent recurrences, redress and heal. We recognize that we must continue this work until inequity is eliminated on our campus and around the world.

Centre for Global Studies

The Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) promotes research for a sustainable and equitable world. Their work is collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-regional. They connect research in global studies to local, national and international communities.

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) is a community of academics dedicated to the study of religion. They explore how religion relates to all aspects of human society. Their areas of focus include religious diversity, radicalization and social services.


CanAssist is dedicated to helping people who experience physical or cognitive barriers. They provide innovative technologies, programs and services to address unmet needs. Their collaboration with UVic researchers and students increases independence, inclusion and well-being.

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Chair in Transgender Studies

The Chair in Transgender Studies is committed to generating solid, reliable information about the real world to drive social change. Their work aims improve the well-being of trans, non-binary, two-spirit and other gender-diverse people.

UNESCO Chairs at the University of Victoria

There are currently two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) co-chairs at UVic. They are housed at the Centre for Global Studies.

The UNESCO Co-Chair in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (ECD) has a primary focus on the promotion of capacity in sub-Saharan Africa for the care and well-being of young children.

The UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education builds research capacity in the global south and the excluded North in the field of community-based research.

Landscapes of Injustice

Landscapes of Injustice is a research and public history project. It explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians as part of their forced displacement and internment in the 1940s.

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Charter on anti-racism

UVic has signed the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education along with other post-secondary institutions as a commitment to hold ourselves accountable...

Open Staging Equality, representing change

Staging Equality, representing change

Staging Equality is a three-year collaborative and creative research project based in the Department of Theatre that offers a vision of how theatre can address issues of race, diversity and inclusion...

Addressing systemic barriers across campus

The university is intentionally thinking differently about planning process and design strategies to engage true and meaningful action on equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism throughout the...

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