Director of Campaigns and Community Relations

Izzy Adachi

Hello! My name is Izzy Adachi (they/them), and I want to be your Director of Campaigns and Community Relations. I am a settler on the unceded territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱ SÁNEĆ First Nations. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the UVSS and the Worker Solidarity Network as a Director-At-Large, and was an organizer at the first unionized Starbucks in Canada in a decade.

I am running to fight for tuition affordability, fair practicum reform, and student mental health initiatives. Many students are facing financial instability as a result of the pandemic, and our futures continue to be precarious for many reasons. UVic’s response has been to charge the exact same amount for online classes that satisfy no one. I believe we need to explore our options around a tuition strike, like the one at Columbia University, in order to promote broad changes to our education system. Through collective action, we can fight for divestment and tuition reduction.

Another important issue is practicum reform. It is completely unconscionable that women-led fields in Human and Social Development are required to do largely unpaid practicums in order to graduate. This is inequitable, and a deeply gendered material issue within post-secondary schools today. If co-op students get paid for their work experience, then health and social service workers in training should as well.

Lastly, I want to continue to support ongoing, student-led mental health initiatives. These initiatives like ReThink Mental Health Campaign and the Peer Support Centre are important avenues to help students feel connected in increasingly isolated times. I hope to use these programs boost peer-to-peer engagement within our student community. I hope you will give me the chance to continue fighting for these important issues. Thank you! 

Top 3 Priorities
  1. Initiating discussion around a tuition strike to address fossil fuel divestment and unfair tuition costs 
  2. Lobbying to reform the cost inequity for unpaid practicums 
  3. Continuing to support the Peer Support Centre and fighting for mental health initiatives on Campus 

Robin Pollard

Hey UVic! My name is Robin Pollard (she/her), I am a third year Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies double major and I am running to be your Director of Campaigns and Community Relations. I was raised on Treaty 7 Territory and I am passionate about engaging with creative climate solutions that center Indigenous lead movements, climate justice and economic equity.

I am an executive member of the Jane Goodall Youth Advisory Council– a volunteer initiative working to uplift youth voices during the climate crisis. For my work-study position with the Indigenous Education Department at UVic, I co-organized Education-towards-Decolonization events, and I have experience coordinating programs for grassroots and non-profit organizations.

I am committed to challenging inequalities faced by UVic students and fighting for anti-oppressive practices and policies alongside UVic’s advocacy groups. I believe that as a university community we can have far-reaching impacts. 

If elected I plan to advocate for the following: 

Affordability
  • Student affordability on and off campus.
  • Interest-free student loans federally.
  • Free textbooks and Open Education Resources.
  • Free multi-session eHealth counseling and care with student’s preferred counsellors. 
Climate Justice
  • The UVic Foundation’s full divestment from fossil fuels by 2025.
  • Bold climate action on and off campus in alignment with Indigenous leadership
  • Development of a unified lobbying strategy with other post-secondary institutions in support of rapid and meaningful climate action.
Advocacy
  • Continual pressuring for accountability of the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
  • Drug decriminalization on and off campus and increased availability of naloxone kits on campus to fight the opioid crisis.
  • Engagement in conversations with local municipalities and the province about alternative policing models.
  • Improve the reliability and accessibility of transit.

See my full campaign at robinpollard4uvss.weebly.com

On March 24-26, Vote Robin Pollard for Director of Campaigns and Student Outreach

Top 3 Priorities
  1. I plan to work with other post-secondary institutions and student unions across Canada to develop an ambitious and unified lobbying strategy in support of rapid and meaningful climate action in so-called Canada.
  2. I plan to fight for student affordability on campus, through the expansion of student bursary programs and low-barrier financial aid, and off-campus, by fighting for student affordability in the upcoming provincial funding review for post-secondary institutions.
  3. UVic’s 24/7 Support Connect mental health line is a useful resource for short-term crisis care, but students need rapid access to preventative, ongoing care. I will push for investments to eHealth services to provide students with free multi-session and culturally safe care with their preferred counsellor and will lobby for ongoing holistic mental health programming.

Director of Student Affairs

Mariel Hernandez

Hey UVic! My name is Mariel (she/her), I’m a fourth year majoring in Pacific and Asian Studies and Political Science, and I am running to be your Director of Student Affairs. I was born on territories we know as Mexico today, but were known as Tlaxcallan for millennia and I’ve lived and worked on the stolen Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories for the majority of my life. 

This past year, I have been a member of my municipality’s residential board to advocate for student housing needs and affordability. Student housing should be safe, accessible, and connected to the local community. I have also served as a Director-at-Large with the UVSS, advocating for increased affordability, equity, and sustainability at UVic. In this role, I have supported Divest UVic, lobbied Deans to implement systemic changes to foster equity and inclusion, and supported Clubs and Course Unions. As a result, I have gained invaluable skills and experience in supporting students and advocating for their needs. 

Next year, I would love to continue this work. If elected as your Director of Student Affairs, I will:

  • Hold the university accountable to complete divestment from the fossil fuel industry
  • Collaborate with the Native Students’ Union and the Students of Color Collective to ensure BIPOC voices are heard and supported
  • Expand Sexualized Violence Prevention policy that honours survivors
  • Support Clubs and Course Unions to build an accessible and inviting student community 
  • Fight for student affordability by supporting the UVSS Food Bank, and student debt relief
  • Continue to work to decolonize our university and address racism inside and outside the classroom
  • Fight against accessibility barriers in online and in-person classes
  • Support the implementation and expansion of Open Education Resources (free textbooks)

On March 24th-26th, Vote Mariel Hernández for Director of Student Affairs! 


Hazam Nasir- Disqualified


Director of Events

Kisha Roxas

Hi UVic! My name is Kisha Roxas (they/them) but everyone calls me Q! I’m a third year Honours student in Political Science and I’m running for Director of Events. I am an Ibanag, Ilokano, and Tagalog (Filipinx) settler, and I was born on the Coast Salish territories of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations, but I have spent most of my life on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories . I am passionate about intersectional anti-racism work that centres BIPOC, Neurodiverse, disabled, and/or LGBTQ2S+ folx.

Currently, I co-chair Students Open Forum Against Racism (SOFAR), work at the UVSS Food Bank and Free Store (FBFS), at the Native Students’ Union (NSU), and am an active supporter of Divest Uvic and the Campus Community Garden. In these roles, I have organized anti-racism workshops, promoted food security for students, held UVic accountable to their promises of sustainability and decolonization, and more.

My experiences with SOFAR, FBFS, and NSU have given me the tools to advocate in collaboration with, not on behalf of, marginalized communities. Meaningful solidarity work should be created for us, by us.

If elected, I will work in collaboration with students to:

  • Expand events for BIPOC folx to strengthen our community while online and pay facilitators equitably for their work
  • Fight student poverty and food insecurity by supporting Food Bank initiatives and increasing its capacity
  • Collaborate with advocacy groups to promote trauma-informed supports for gender minorities, SA survivors, BIPOC, and LGBTQ2S+ students
  • Support student decolonization and anti-racism initiatives by, for example, lobbying departments to implement preferential hiring practices
  • Host ‘Calls for Proposals’ and surveys so students can propose equity-based initiatives that need support and funding
  • Increase accessibility of events, student services, financial relief, and mental health supports during COVID

On March 24-26th, vote for Q (Kisha) Roxas for Director of Events!

Top 3 Priorities
  1. Expand events for BIPOC folx to strengthen our community while online and pay facilitators equitably for their work
  2. Fight student poverty and food insecurity by supporting Food Bank initiatives and increasing its capacity
  3. Collaborate with advocacy groups to promote trauma-informed supports for gender minorities, SA survivors, BIPOC, and LGBTQ2S+ students

Director of Finance & Operations

Dipayan Nag

Hey UVic! I’m Dipayan (Dip), and I’m running to be your Director of Finance and Operations. I am doing my undergrad degree in Physics. I believe we need to look at new business models to reduce dependency on student fee and increase revenue to better fund our campaigns and sustainability initiatives. 

I am a long-standing member of the community and will continue working on principles of sustainability, affordability, and community building and positive advocacy in UVic and are strongly guided by these principles. I have seen the effect of the pandemic firsthand and want to continue working towards mitigating its impact.

I have been recognized as a Peer Leader at the Youth Forum of the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial. I also have served as the administrative and financial head of a non-profit organization which helped me build a sense on how to run an organization like the UVSS. I have, both, the experience and tenacity to affect real change at the UVSS. 

I will be guided by my values of sustainability, decolonization, financial efficacy, and progressive preparedness. If elected, I will work to unite voices in UVic and return the best interest on student investment with these core objectives:

  • Provide full institutional financial transparency. 
  • Lobby UVic to reduce any auxiliary fee.
  • Ensure food security for all students by providing affordable meal plans for students. 
  • Reduce UVSS dependency on student fee. 
  • Initiate a full CO2-Neutral plan for the SUB. 
  • Lobby UVic foundation for full divestment by 2025.
  • Increase locally-sourced and humane factor within SUB food services. 
  • Better fund UVSS campaigns and advocacy groups.
  • Make UVSS cultural-&-safety audit annual to guide further decolonization efforts on Campus. 
  • Lobby to increase daily capacity for UVic health services

Vote Dipayan Nag for Director of Finance & Operations on March 24th-26th! I stand with you.

Top 3 Priorities
  1. Initiate a full CO2-Neutral plan for the SUB with a 10-year plan. 
  2. Ensure food security for all students by providing affordable meal plans for students, to mitigate impacts of the pandemic. 
  3. Make UVSS cultural-&-safety audit annual to guide further decolonization and egalitarian efforts on Campus. 

Director of International Relations

Joshua Fassnacht- Acclaimed

Hi there! My name is Joshua Fassnacht, and I am running to be your Director of International Student Relations! I am an Environmental Studies and Psychology double major passionate about creating sustainable, inclusive, and equitable communities for folks of all backgrounds, origins, and interests.

I was born in Indiana, United States where my passion for social justice, environmental reform, and community building sprouted. Growing up in a place where climate change and social inequality denial was plenty, I joined and led like-minded peers in my city to change these norms and advocate for a community that would cherish each and every person along with that of our local and global environment.

As your Director of International Student Relations and as an international student myself, it would be my honor and priority to advocate for the reduction of fees and increased accessibility of essential resources for international and low-income students. This includes lowering the increasing tuition rates, the implementation of a low-income student transit pass, construction of affordable housing, and expansion of open educational resources.

I will also be working with the UVic Peer Support Centre and Global Community to continue expanding upon accessible mental health supports and our online community for all of our fellow classmates across Canada and the globe! It is my promise to continue our fight against sexual violence and discriminatory behaviors on campus through increased education, workshops, and allyship trainings.

Outside of studies, volunteering, and advocacy work, you can find me jamming the guitar with my mates and some coffee around Cadboro or cooking some debatably world-renowned vegan food.

No matter who you are or where you are traveling from, welcome to UVic! We welcome you with open arms (even if virtually). Let us continue supporting one another moving forward, cheers all!

Top 3 Priorities
  1. Mental health support expansion and accessibility for students across Canada and the globe
    • Emphasis on online programs, events, and outlets for students to build community and support mental health.
    • Working alongside and maintaining regular contact with the Peer Support Centre and Global Community.
  2. Reduction of fees and increased accessibility of resources for international and low-income students
    • Decrease international tuition rates (rates rose 3.75% this year during COVID-19)
      • Keep costs predictable and transparent (international students have to show that they can pay for their whole education when applying, so large cost increases make it hard to do that)
    • Advocate for increased transit accessibility and lower transit rates for low-income students
      • Expand late night services
      • Creation of a low-income student pass / reduced fares
    • Continue pushing open educational resources
    • Advocate new construction of affordable housing
  3. Fight sexual violence and discriminatory behavior on campus
    • Further mandatory education about sexual violence and discriminatory behaviors
    • Support of students identifying as LGTBQIA2S+, BIPOC, and with mental/physical disabilities.
    • Allyship workshops

Director of Outreach and Community Relations

Marran Dodds

Hello UVic! My name is Marran Dodds (she/her). I’m a fourth year student in Anthropology & Indigenous Studies, and I’m running to be your next Director of Outreach and University Relations. I was born on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and have lived, worked, and studied here my whole life! I’m passionate about collaborative leadership and organizing, Indigenous-led climate action and land sovereignty, and narrative-change initiatives regarding anti-racism and social justice. 

This past year, I was a Director-at-Large at the UVSS and was elected in February as the interim lead Director of Events. In these roles, I worked on the Divest UVic campaign, created the UVic Learning Allyship and Solidarity Book Club, organized events, and helped coordinate the first ever UVic Indigenous Film Festival with the Native Students Union. I also supported the board in advocating for the reopening of the UVic Bursary Program for COVID-19 relief, and helped reduce financial barriers for international students.  

My experiences at the UVSS and in the community have given me the tools to be a better advocate for climate justice, equity, and affordability for students. I want to uplift student voices to enact meaningful change. If elected as your Director of Outreach, here are some of the things I plan to accomplish:

  • Advocate for the funding and adoption of Open Education Resources (free textbooks)
  • Hold the UVic administration accountable to student demands of complete divestment from fossil fuel investments, and the implementation of anti-racist and decolonial policies 
  • Advocate for free, multi-session counselling services for students
  • Engage in meaningful consultation with students so folks feel represented in UVSS decision making
  • Collaborate with the Director of Events to host accessible events focusing on BIPOC and queer student support and advocacy

On March 24th-26th, Vote Marran for Director of Outreach & University Relations!

Top 3 Priorities
  1. Advocate for the funding and adoption of Open Education Resources (free textbooks)
  2. Hold the UVic administration accountable to student demands of complete divestment from fossil fuel investments, and the implementation of anti-racist and decolonial policies 
  3. Advocate for free, multi-session counselling services for students