Announcements

William Litchfield, Associate Vice-President, Community Partnerships

VIU Creates New Office of Community Partnerships

July 8, 2020

The office will act as a liaison between the community and university – connecting external partners and organizations to the skills, expertise and resources at VIU to support impactful and relevant community-based projects, initiatives and research.Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to announce the creation of the Office of Community Partnerships, which will focus on connecting... Read more


Virtual Graduation Celebration 2020

July 7, 2020

Virtual event to take place on September 30, 2020First of all, I wanted to say a heartfelt congratulations to all of our Spring 2020 graduates. Graduating from university is an important milestone that deserves to be celebrated, honoured and reflected upon. This year it is especially important, as you have achieved this during a time of great upheaval and uncertainty.We announced in April that... Read more


Improving access to quality, affordable child care in Nanaimo

June 25, 2020

The Ministry of Children and Family Development is investing in new child care spaces in Nanaimo, including a new centre at Vancouver Island University (VIU).VIU’s Elders-in-Residence will consult on the centre’s curriculum to ensure children learn about Indigenous cultures, traditions and history. The new, accessible building will function as a child care centre, providing local families with an... Read more


VIU’s ongoing response to the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in our community

June 8, 2020

 Submitted by Irlanda Price, Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs and Monica Kay, Director of VIU’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office  Over the past week we have had many conversations with students and employees, and know many others in our community are having similar conversations with each other, around the anti-Black racism protests that have drawn millions into... Read more


All-Gender Washroom Renovations to be Completed this Summer

June 8, 2020

From the Library Services Team  We are excited to share that renovations to create the first multi-stall all-gender washrooms on the VIU Nanaimo campus are now underway and expected to be completed this summer. The washrooms will be in the high-demand, high-traffic area in the 24/7 Library Commons behind Starbucks!As communicated previously, after careful consideration, we elected to... Read more


IT's Ask Me Anything

June 8, 2020

Have you ever wanted to get the entire IT department into a room and ask them anything you like? Are you willing to settle for 4-6 members of the IT department? We have the room for you! Or rather, a virtual room. In true Ask Me Anything style, we have no planned theme, just a planned panel willing to listen and answer your questions. However, if we can’t answer a question right then and there we... Read more


COVID-19 UPDATE: JUNE 4

June 4, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we have found that the need for a regular update is winding down. This is not the last COVID-19 update, we just wanted to let you know that we are reimagining new ways to continue to keep our community informed, which will include both information on this ongoing situation as well as more general news and updates. We will share more details in the coming weeks.... Read more


Standing together against racism

June 2, 2020

I know many of you are experiencing feelings of anger, fear and an overall sense of heaviness over the recent rise in anti-Black racism that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am feeling all of these things too and wanted to take a moment to recognize and acknowledge how deeply troubling and upsetting recent world events have... Read more


UPDATE: COVID-19, MAY 13

May 13, 2020

As you know, VIU, along with many other universities, announced on Monday that our fall semester will be a hybrid program model of education delivery, with most courses being offered in an online format. This decision was not made lightly and was taken in order to support the safety and well-being of our community and ensure VIU is following the guidelines of the BC Public Health Office... Read more


Student update on our fall semester

May 11, 2020

Dear VIU Students,I know the past month and a half has been filled with lots of change and uncertainty and I wanted to thank you for your patience, flexibility and resilience as we worked to respond to the many impacts of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues to affect countries around the world, I know many of you have questions about what will be happening at VIU as we move forward,... Read more


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