The SSD is an advocacy group through the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS). The SSD aims to support students who self-identify as having one or more disabilities; particularly, we support students in reducing barriers in their social, emotional and educational domains of student life.
The SSD is run by and for students with one or more disabilities.
Therefore, a Member includes anyone who:
- Self-identifies as having one or more disabilities,
- Is a current University of Victoria student with valid student ID,
- Has proof of enrollment at the University of Victoria, and
- Is in good standing with the University of Victoria UVSS or GSS
Both members and associate members can access programming and supports that the SSD provides, though fee-paying members are prioritized.
Associate Members include anyone who:
- is an alumni member of the Society; or
- is an incoming student who identifies as a student with a disability; or
- is a returning student who identifies as a student with a disability; or
- is a member of the UVIC Community and is accepted by the Council of the Society as an Associate Member
How we’re organized
The SSD runs on a volunteer, student-run Council that is comprised of the following:
- UVSS Constituency Representative
- Student Liaison
- International Students’ Representative
- Graduate Students’ Representative
- eight (8) General Members at Large, and
Unless a position becomes or remains vacant, and at every Annual General Meeting (the month of February), each all Council positions are available for self-identified Disabled students at the University of Victoria to run for.
If you’re interested in learning more about each of the positions, see our Constitution.
If you’d like to see the people behind the scenes and making decisions, Meet the Council!
Policies We Abide By
The SSD Policies are as follows:
Want to get Involved?
Join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/gaMwNurCbX or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂
How We’re Funded
The SSD is a designated advocacy group through the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS). The other advocacy organizations present in the UVSS are The Gender Empowerment Centre, Native Students Union, Students of Colour Collective, and UVic Pride.
We receive funding from both undergraduate and graduate student fees; these fees go towards paying our staff, providing programming, direct funding opportunities, and other resources to support self-identified Disabled students at the University of Victoria.