Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
EN-12: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.09 / 5.00 Rita Fromholt
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Number of students engaged in community service:
600

Total number of students :
20,199

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
No

Total number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period:
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Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
Yes

A brief description of the practice of including community service on transcripts, if applicable:

Courses that include community service as part of the course credit are included on transcripts by course number.


Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

UVic's annual United Way campaign incorporates many staff-led activities that raise funds for the organization that are used on community children's programs, solving poverty issues and building healthy communities. Staff fundraising initiatives include a used book sale, a craft fair and pledges for team plasma car races. Over $250,000 is raised by staff each year under this program.

Each year two UVic staff members are selected to participate in the Leadership Victoria program, a leadership program focused on community service including sustainability and social justice issues (see: http://web.uvic.ca/hr/forms/Leadership%20Victoria/Flyer%20Call%20for%20Applications%202013%20for%20web.pdf).


The website URL where information about the institution’s community service initiatives is available:

UVic offers students a variety of opportunities to participate in community service learning for credit. Social Sciences 300: Working In Community is an interdisciplinary full credit one semester course available to any student in the Social Sciences that includes 40 hours of voluntary work with a community organization. Pacific and Asian Studies 209: Intercultural Service Learning includes community service learning in an inter-cultural setting. See: http://www.uvic.ca/coopandcareer/studentsalumni/resources/csl/csl.php.

The Environmental Law Clinic offers law students the opportunity to work under the supervision of a senior environmental lawyer to provide legal representation and legal assistance to community/conservation groups and First Nations, produce citizen handbooks and other public legal education materials, and advocate on a wide range of environmental law reform issues. See: http://www.elc.uvic.ca/clinic/index.htm.

The Redfish School of Change accepts 16 UVic students per year for an interactive summer field school. Over the course of five weeks, students in this interdisciplinary leadership program live and learn in some of the most beautiful places in British Columbia, working alongside local food producers and ecological restorationists, and engaging with experts in the fields of environment and social justice by creating and implementing a Community Action Project. See: http://web.uvic.ca/enweb/undergraduate/redfish.php.

All first year Engineering students participate in a design competition to solve community challenges, most recently related to infrastructure to support more cycling in the communities surrounding the university. All students are also given the opportunity to compete to solve real-world community challenges proposed by non-profit organizations or local govenments related to sustainability. The projects range from designing a sustainable playground to creating a cycling master plan to doing a full cost analysis on the use of paper towels versus electric hand dryers in washrooms. Approximately 30 UVic students participated in 2012.

UVic's Residence Services offers students living in the student residences the opportunity to participate in a community service learning program over reading break each February. This non-credit 7 day program allows students to get directly involved in helping solve a social or environmental issue in the community. In February 2013, the issue was homelessness. See: http://housing.uvic.ca/winter/rl-programs.php#csl.

UVic's annual United Way campaign incorporates many staff-led activities that raise funds for the organization that are used on community children's programs, solving poverty issues and building healthy communities. Staff fundraising initiatives include a used book sale, a craft fair and pledges for team plasma car races. Over $250,000 is raised by staff each year under this program.

Each year two UVic staff members are selected to participate in the Leadership Victoria program, a leadership program focused on community service including sustainability and social justice issues (see: http://web.uvic.ca/hr/forms/Leadership%20Victoria/Flyer%20Call%20for%20Applications%202013%20for%20web.pdf).

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