Collective Meeting: October 8, 2014

Hi Folks,

The Students of Colour Collective will be having a collective meeting on Wednesday, October 8th, between 11:30-1pm in the SOCC office (B020). By participating in these meetings, you provide the vision, goals, and guide the planning of events for the next year by the Students of Colour Collective.

As the Office Coordinator, I am lead by this collective wisdom and awesomeness. I am looking forward to sharing space, eating food (which there will be some), and building community.

If you have any questions or items you’d like to put on the agenda, please email me at


billy yu

Office Coordinator

Vivek Shraya Book Launch and QT2IPOC Showcase!

Please join us! All are welcome to this FREE event, less than a week away!

September 23rd, 7pm, at the Ambrosia Center (on the Homelands of the Lkwungen and WSANEC Peoples, 638 Fisgard St) the UVic Pride, UVSS Students of Colour Collective (SOCC), the anti.violence.project, and the Positive Space Network (PSN), are happy to bring you VIVEK SHRAYA and a QT2IPOC (queer, trans, two-sprit Indigenous and people of colour) showcase!

This free event is part of Vivek’s book tour to launch his new book, She of the Mountains, a beautifully rendered illustrated novel that weaves a passionate, contemporary love story with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complex ways that we are formed and transformed by love, and show how the process of learning to love and be loved by another can ultimately—and sometimes painfully—bring us back to our selves.

Vivek is a a Toronto-based artist working in the media of music, performance, literature and film as well as the winner of the the We are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award and a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. More about Vivek here:

There is also a workshop, facilitated by Vivek, starting at 5pm at the Ambrosia Center. More details can be found here. Limited space is left. This workshop is reserved for Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit Indigenous and People of Colour.

The space is wheel-chair accessible – double doors into the center – double doors into the event room, high ceilings. Note that there are fluorescent lighting. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available.

Amazing, Right!?

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Looking forward to seeing you there!


SOCC is Hiring!

The Students of Colour Collective is excited to announce that we are hiring three work study positions. If you are interested in working towards racial justice through art, advocacy, and community building, please apply!

1) Project Coordinator
2) Resource Coordinator
3) Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

HOW TO APPLY: Drop an application and cover letter off at the SOCC office, located in the Student Union Building, B102 or send it by email This position is restricted to self-identified people of colour applicants only (see charter of rights and freedoms, Article 12, Subsection 2). We strongly encourage women of color, Indigenous women, women with disabilitie(s), queer and trans women to apply.

Applicants must be eligible for Work Study program. For details about Work Study positions and eligibility please go to 

Thank you,

Billy Yu

Office Coordinator

Semi-AGM minutes

Minutes: SOCC SAGM

April 25th, 2014

 Budget 2013/14

 Budget 2014/2015

             Need to make budget super tight! 


            aim to get external donations for at least 2/3 of costs


            by having a coordinator (15hr/wk), labour constitutes the largest amounts of socc expenses 


            mystery top-up? Hasn’t been coming out of the socc account

Outreach: Should socc have an outreach?

            Workshops and social media were effective.

            Can we move duties from outreach officer to work studies? This year general collective felt like outreach may not be too necessary and work-study roles can be modified to include specific event planning, social media, and resource (PULSE Zine, etc) roles

            Yes: resources, social media, pulse

 Cage’s feedback about 1 month of outreach officer

            It was nice.

            looking for more things to do, but end of the semester was slow.

            The facebook updates got busy with the #notallwhiteyyj

 Feedback on FB

            –> monthly

            -don’t you want to know?

            -what works best?- point at the water! here’s this, you may be interested

            -want to engage more- hard to get engaged? Even with specific requests

            -language diversity, geographic

            -presented statements, frustrte me,

            -events and local work done

            -sharing articles > than 

            -edit social media guidelines

            -wordpress site is a bit neglected

            -tumblr is not getting much use right now.


Daphne: usu. clear direction, not overly demanding (about 15hr/wk), awkward timing with midterms, breaking down of tasks- workflow spread out over the larger projects.

Issues: Miscommunication regarding some projects- event posters.


            better communication about ongoing projects

            workflow documents or communication about taking on tasks.


Reflection: about food orders- ~100/2wk, set up the library program, events volunteering.

Suggestions: how to get people to wash dishes! its hard.

Leat has moved cups over Pride, concerns about this.

What is the problem? dishes or lack of respect for the space.

            try a bunch of solutions over the summer.

Summer Events

AfricaFest in May

            Movie night:

            Symposium with several speakers on the following topics

                        Africa is not a country.        

                        Democracy and colonization

                        health and development

                        cinema and gender


need posters for these!

need volunteers too!

Launch of Campaign:           

discussions, possibly more photos to be taken, setting up a banner

buttons!  (Daphne is going to work on it)

Mycelium Project

Boma talked to 1 of the organizers about concerns about whiteness perpetuated

concerns about lack of clarity

vague descriptions- comes across as primarily social


            have the organizers identified clearly

            more focused discussions- helps people decide about going, not going

            prevents people getting excited about work that is unlikely to happen organically (ie anti-oppression? anti-racist workshops)

 Summer SOCC events?

            to be discussed later.                                         








SOCC is launching a new campaign! The campaign is #notallwhiteyyj and engages students to think about race and racism at UVIC and Victoria (Lekwungen, WSANEC, Coast Salish Territories). Use the hashtag #notallwhiteyyj to tweet and post on social media (facebook too) to add your story, or your photo of experiences of race at UVIC or in Victoria (Lekwungen, WSANEC, Coast Salish Territories).

You can find the UVSS Students Of Colour Collective on Facebook right here