VIPIRG staff, volunteers, and board members are experienced organizers, researchers, and educators who can help students and community members find information, start new projects, and sustain ongoing campaigns. Staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, and provide students and community members with logistical support and other resources to help get their projects going or to support existing projects.
Each year we hire seven UVic students (five regular students and two Canada Summer Jobs students). Students are also welcome to do their practicum at VIPIRG.
Anu is a 2nd year PhD student at UVic. She is responsible for developing and supporting community-based research programming and activities of VIPIRG and, in collaboration with the Director of Internal Affairs and other staff, for coordinating outreach and communications.
She is passionate about community-based research and activism and developing and supporting research by/for marginalized communities.
Director of Internal Affairs
Boma works full-time maintaining VIPIRG’s organizational budget, working with the Board (known as the Coordinating Collective aka the Coord), hiring and supervising staff, and ensuring payroll, benefits, and VIPIRG’s collective agreement is followed. She also assists in the planning and execution of events.
She is a founding member of the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC).
Research & Project Assistant
Tariro is a 3rd year Commerce student at UVic. She assists with community-based action research projects, and is also responsible for producing accessible accounts of research, and conducting review of literature.
Community relations coordinator
Kia is a 3rd year Earth and Ocean Science/Environmental Studies student at UVic. He works closely with VIPIRG’s Director of Internal Affairs and Outreach Coordinator to support events, and provide opportunities for UVic students to engage with VIPIRG.
RESEARCH & PROJECT ASSISTANT
Sarah is a Political Science and Social Justice Studies student at UVic. She works with VIPIRG Director’s and Coordinator’s to develop and organize outreach efforts on and off the University of Victoria campus. She also works with VIPIRG volunteers to maintain and develop the VIPIRG Resource Centre as a gathering place.
Smyrna is originally from Mauritius, however has lived in Ireland for most of her life before immigrating to Canada. She is an active volunteer of Thirdspace and have also previously been in a work study position with SOCC. She graduated with a bachelor in French and is currently finishing an MA in Francophone literature at University of Victoria here WSANEC and Coast Salish Territories. She is an outgoing, talkative and informative person who values critical thinking. She is also involved in VIPIRG's annual contest and SNIWOC(Support Network for Indigenous and Women of Colour).
Alicia Cattermole just finished her BA at UVic. She volunteered at VIPIRG as a practicum student for 4 months during her last semester.
"I am particularly interested in women’s rights and the project idea of “most used women's products” and environmental friendly women’s products, as I think this area has gaps of research which would be exciting to fill. I would like to introduce women’s mental health, and find out which services are missing for women at uvic. How we can help to fill these services."
Kadi is a second year political science and philosophy major. She speaks French, English, and Fulani. She has lived in five countries and three provinces in Canada. She enjoys researching European Union affairs and methods to increase social equity with modernization.
She plans to be involved in community-based research programs, and partaking in the planning and organization of VIPIRG's annual conference.
Selina is a two-spirited indigenous person from Tsleil-Waututh. They have been trespassing on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories for the past year, and is a student at UVic working towards a social work degree. This is Selina’s third year as an active member of the VIPIRG board.
Audrey Wolfe is an MA candidate in Child and Youth Care. She is an advocate for sex workers, and her personal narrative collection Trauma: A Zine About Survival, Exploitation, + Healing is being taught at UBC’s Social Justice Institute.
Audrey loves the ways that VIPIRG engages students on issues around sustainability, poverty, and harm reduction and would love to be contribute to this work. Also, VIPIRG is made up of a lovely community which I would love to be part of!
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Colin is a Georgraphy student at UVic. He is excited to be part of a community that can enact meaningful change. He is looking forward to working on VIPIRG's gardening and compost project.
Tessa is a third year economics student at the University of Victoria, and is currently one of the volunteer office coordinators for the UVSS Third Space Feminist Collective. She has been politically active since she was a teenager, both for partisan groups as well as community based activism.
"I've spent a year working across the hall and admiring the working being done and now I'd like to be a part of it. I'd love to support more projects related to food security at a community level, interactive art projects, and collaborative learning."
Khulan is currently in third year Political Science at UVic. She grew up around the world (like Russia, Australia, South Korea, Europe) but she was born in Mongolia. She is extremely passionate about women's right around the world and Canadian politics. She hopes her experience can bring a unique set of skills to help facilitate and grow VIPIRG through research and education.