Volunteers Needed for September Outreach Events This Week and Next!

Hi folks,

There are a few outreach events that are coming up that I need volunteers for.
Your role as a volunteer will be to disturbed SOCC material (which is all ready and prepared for you) to new and returning students at a variety of events around campus this week and next week. You will be tabling with at least one other person at all times so you won’t get lonely.

Attached is a google doc for people to sign up at. Please take a moment and help a lady out eh? I will fill in at as many spots as needed, we will not have an empty spot, if I and we can help it :).

We need people for Sept. 3 (12pm-4pm), Sept. 4 (11am-3pm), Sept. 8 (1pm-5pm), Sept. 9 (1pm-2pm), Sept. 10 (10am-5pm), Sept. 11&12 (10am-5pm).
See this google doc for more information and as always feel free to connect with me if you have any questions, comments or feedback.


Warmest regards,
Fardoussa Omar
Office Coordinator

University of Victoria’s Students of Colour Collective

On Lkwugen and WASNÉC Homelands

Ph: 250.472.4697

SOCC Meeting Minutes and When to Meet Next!

Hi All,

Attached are the minutes from our last collective meeting on August 25, 2015. Take a moment to review them and let me know if you have any questions or feedback.

We have not selected our next collective meeting. Please take a moment to fill out this doodle poll and let us know when you can meet next. I will send out a meeting invite as soon as I have your responses.



SOCC Meeting

August 25, 2015

Attendance: Fardoussa (OC), billy, Aaron, Alinea, Blake.

Acknowledgement of Territories: Fardoussa

  1. Check-In
    1. Approval of Agenda: yes
    2. Facilitating: Alinea
    3. Minute Taking: billy
  2. UVSS – Memo of Understanding
    1. Daphne drafted a Memo of Understanding* for the Executive Director, on behalf of the Women’s Center.
      1. SOCC interested in drafting our own. Notes about the Memo:
        1. The word “Sovereignty” has very specific connotations, and SOCC would like to take that out of our own draft and use “independance” instead.
        2. Will look at this memo (draft our own) when September comes round.
  3. Signing Authority
    1. Currently: Sabine, billy, Tribesty, Smyrna (Cage).
      1. Signing Authority is legally appointed to be a representative of the Collective.
      2. They sign Check Requisitions, and other legal documents that need more than one SOCC Representative.
      3. Will keep as is until we have more members.   
  4. Budget
    1. SOCC’s budget is approximately 42,000.
    2. Staffing is 21k
    3. Deficit at this point is approximately 10k
  5. Water Bottle Stuffing
    1. Alinea, Aaron, and Fardoussa will be there thursday morning.
  6. Outreach
    1. Tabling
      1. People for Tabling? We need folks!
        1. Aaron will create a spreadsheet for Tabling.  
    2. Farmers Market: Sept 10th from 11-4 (10:15 set up)
      1. SOCC has confirmed a table.
    3. SOCC/Basement Open House Sept 18th
      1. Food – Yes!
    4. Social Marketing Material
        1. Should be ok for now.
        2. Idea: ask for bookmark design submissions later
      2. Posters – b/w can be printed on our own at ZAP
      3. SOCC Zines
        1. 2013 Zine – 25 more
        2. 2014 – 25 more
      4. Buttons!
        1. Button making party this Thursday afternoon at 1pm!
        2. More button maker parties to come in the next week.
      5. Get Candy!
      6. Have books from our Library.
      7. Button Making?
  7. Community Garden Party
    1. SOCC and Pride Share a garden plot at the Campus Community Garden.
      1. Every Wednesday at 10:30 am Pride organizes a garden party.
      2. Would be great to have more SOCC members participate in the garden.
        1. Here’s a map: (http://i2.wp.com/web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/parking-map-latest.jpg)
  8. Advos on air: Today!

Old Business:

  1. Committees:
    1. Educational Equity Advisory (EdAG) — Aaron
    2. Employment Equity Advisory (EmAG)
      1. Still vacant
    3. SOCC GSS Rep
      1. Still vacant
    4. UVSS Sub-renos Committee – Aaron
    5. UVSS Sub Occupants – Trison
    6. Advocacy Council – Macayla

SOCC Meeting Agenda/Minutes August 18th, 2015

Hi Folks,

Great to see some new faces! Please see the minutes below from our meeting today. Our next Collective meeting with be next Tuesday, Aug 18th, 10:30 in B020. Hope to see you there! We’re also wanting to know when you’re available to meet during the upcoming weeks before school starts. When you have a minute, please fill out this doodle poll to let us know the best times for you. After the link, please click on every time that would work for you to meet, and we will meet at a time that works best for all: http://doodle.com/uu93mzkr69gy3ux6

Looking forward to hearing from you and for the fall semester!


Students of Colour Collective

SOCC Meeting Agenda/Minutes

August 18, 2015

Attendance: Fardoussa (OC), Alinea (first meeting), Macayla, Tri, billy (OC), Abdul (first meeting)

Acknowledgement of Territories–Aaron

  1. Check-In
    1. Approval of Agenda: Approved
    2. Facilitating: Fardoussa
    3. Minute Taking: Aaron
  2. Introduction To The New Office Coordinator: Fardoussa Omar
    1. talking about things she wants to bring into the year–consistency, direction, more events, priorities; more in future meetings
    2. ideas: collective column with the martlet, collective podcast, black history month events, fountain takeover, space revitalization, food bank beef up (including produce from community garden plot w/ pride), etc!
  3. UVSS Board Rep
    1. Fardoussa as interim representative?
    2. need to address a personnel issue at the meeting with UVSS tonight
    3. at fall agm we will officially elect someone.
    4. passed–unanimously
    5. fardoussa’s time at meetings will be counted as volunteering time–not pay hours
  4. UVSS Board Meeting–Things that pertain to us:
    1. board has created a new, non-union position (replacing administrative support manager–”executive director”) only accountable to the board, executive that oversees advocacy groups–concern about loss of advocacy group autonomy
      1. uvss has generally in practice left the advocacy groups on their own
      2. advocacy groups were not consulted
    2. they have a shortlist of people who they are going to hire for this position–we would like for them to be reflective of the advocacy groups’ diversity, if they have to hire this person
  5. Outreach
    1. SOCC Leaflet–design and copy discussed and finalized
      1. Volunteering for Water Bottle Stuffers–Alinea and Aaron
    2. desire for postering for SOCC in september (Fardoussa)–Alinea volunteered to help, clubs and course unions tabling, potential button-making parties, need to potentially reorder materials (pulse, bookmarks)
    3. SOCC Open House Sept 18th?
      1. pride is having an open house sept 18–always super busy; desire for advocacy groups to have simultaneous open houses–basement party
      2. food, button making, crafting, board games
      3. desire to make pamphlet?
      4. passed–unanimously
  6. Unist’ot’en Event
    1. Successful
    2. Clean up
    3. Thank you

Old Business:

  1. Advos on air: special radio training day just for advocacy groups
    1. Tuesday, August 25 from 1:00-5:00pm
    2. Part 1: How to better utilize CFUV for advocacy (~45 mins)
      1. Many spots, Fardoussa is confirmed. 
    3. Part 2: Radio training
  2. Committees:
    1. Educational Equity Advisory (EdAG) — Aaron
    2. Employment Equity Advisory (EmAG)
      1. Still vacant
    3. SOCC GSS Rep
      1. Cage interested, to submit application for position
      2. Must be agreed upon at S/AMG
    4. UVSS Sub-renos Committee
      1. Still vacant —Aaron

NEXT MEETING: (Tentative, will send out doodle poll) Tues 25th August 10:30

SOCC Meeting Minutes August 4, 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well.

Please see the meeting minutes below. A couple of highlights.

1. Folks from the Unist’ot’en Camp are coming down to speak about their efforts up there to stop industry. They will be doing a tour to raise funds and awareness. This event will take place on August 17th, starting at 7pm, in the First Peoples’ House (UVIC). You can find out more about the Unist’ot’en Camp by checking out their website here: http://unistotencamp.com/ And please do check out/share the event on fb here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005226079497249

2. I know it’s still Summer, but the Fall is quickly coming! Lots of folks have been planning and organizing for the various welcoming activities and events for students. At SOCC we’d like to take some time to plan out what the Outreach effort will look like. When you have a moment, please fill out this doodle poll and let us know when you can meet to plan around Outreach: http://doodle.com/bwyzcku2crvyymiw Poll will close on August 8th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email socc@uvic.ca

All the best,

billy yu

Office Coordinator

Students of Colour Collective

University Of “Victoria”

Lkwungen and WSANEC Homelands

PH: 250-472-4697

SOCC Meeting Agenda/Minutes/Action Points: August 4, 2015

Attendance: Fardusa, Daphne, Macayla, Shay (new!), billy

Acknowledgement of Territories: Fardusa

  1. Check-In
  2. Approval of Agenda: Added Check-In. Then approved.
  3. Facilitating: billy
  4. Minute Taking: billy
  5. Tabling:
    1. Sept 2: International Student Welcome
    2. Sept 4: Graduate, Transfer, Mature and Distant Student Welcome
    3. President’s BBQ
      1. Point made that the Outreach Planning and Implementation should happen soon.
      2. billy will send out a doodle poll, intention is to meet and plan.
      3. billy will put together the events, so far, that are happening in Sept. he will outline times and dates.
      4. Fardusa will create, once she has the info above, a visual for Outreach.
  6. Committees:
    1. Educational Equity Advisory (EdAG)
    2. Employment Equity Advisory (EmAG)
      1. Some interest. Will keep agenda point until filled.
  7. Hiring Committee:
    1. Will continue to be autonomous in decision making at the moment. Will update the Collective after the hiring. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with them.
  8. Unist’ot’en Camp:
    1. SOCC as an Official Sponsor of the Event on the 17th?
      1. SOCC has approved to be an official sponsor for the event.
      2. SOCC has approved $150 to go towards costs of the event.
      3. SOCC has approved for the Office Coordinator to use SOCC time to help organize this event, as long as it does not take away from OC duties.
    2. What is the Event happening on the 17th? Report from the front lines (https://www.facebook.com/events/1005226079497249/)
      1. Fundraiser
      2. Speakers
        1. Freda Huson
        2. Chief Knedebeas
        3. Family or Elders from Wet’suwet’en
        4. Possibly some speakers from Local Nations as well.
      3. Volunteers from SOCC
        1. Macayla, Shay, and Fardusa have shown interest in volunteering.
        2. Macayla has volunteered to make some desserts.
  9. Communications:
    1. Fardusa and Macayla will be added to the internal communications listserve.
    2. Access to the Google Drive will be granted to members of the internal listserve.

Next Meeting will be held on August 18th.

Meeting Minutes From July 21st, 2015

Hi Folks,

Hope you are all well.

Here are the minutes from our Collective Meeting yesterday, July 21st (thanks for the minutes, Macayla!) Please note some exciting opportunities, like the training being provided by the Women’s Radio Collective on August 25th from 1-5pm. If you are interested, please contact the Women’s Radio Collective: cfuvwrc@uvic.ca.

Our next meeting will be on August 4th, starting at 12:30pm in the SoCC Office – B020.


billy yu

Students of Colour Collective

Office Coordinator

University Of “Victoria”

Lkwungen and WSANEC Homelands

SOCC Meeting Minutes: July 21, 2015 at 12:30pm

Agenda/Minutes/Action Items

Attendance: billy, Fardoussa (left early), Kay (left early), Macayla, Trison (joined later), Tribesty (joined later)

  1. Acknowledgement of territories: Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ unceded territories
    1. Discussion on identity of IPOC and how dominant society/colonizers get to dictate how it’s allowed to be expressed
  2. Collective Agreements
    1. Reviewed Collective Agreements
  3. Kay’s announcements: Coordinator of Women’s Radio Collective
    1. Sorry she missed last meeting
    2. Hector Espinosa: graphic artist from Mexico to come September 11-17
      1. 3 day mural workshop for six people (Sept. 11-14)
        1. Call out for ideas centering issues in the community
        2. Prefer people with no mural painting experience
      2. September 17 talk at Legacy Gallery
        1. Possibility for SOCC to do workshops with him (ex. silk screening)
          1. SOCC shows interest – billy will follow up
    3. Panel on free walls in November
      1. Ex. 100 Layers of Beige (which billy is in!)
      2. Topics of discussion: politics of respectability, poor communities, gentrification, criminalization, community conversations
      3. Hope to get DVBA and a politician (Jeremy? Lisa?)
      4. Want IPOC panelist: SOCC to sponsor?
        1. Rob G. from the mainland ($50)
        2. Co-collaborate with NSU?
        3. SOCC wants more info on Rob G.
          1. billy will follow up with Kay. 
          2. Come back in 2 weeks with more info
        4. All panelists do it for free
    4. Advos on air: special radio training day just for advocacy groups
      1. Tuesday, August 25 from 1:00-5:00pm
      2. Part 1: How to better utilize CFUV for advocacy (~45 mins)
        1. Many spots
      3. Part 2: Radio training
        1. Only 5 spots
          1. SOCC must decide who to train: Office Coordinator? Fardoussa very interested
    5. All-ages back to school party September 12
      1. Have venue (same as Hector Espinosa workshop)
      2. Have budget for food & performers
      3. Ideas for performers? (have $700, but can spend up at $1000 if need be)
      4. Invite people from Anarchist Book Fair
    6. SOCC seems into the things Kay offered
  4. Unist’to’en Camp Callout for Support
    1. Financial support for supplies and healing center
      1. SOCC approves Donation of $50
      2. SOCC agrees to do local fundraiser in the fall
      3. Work together with NSU? Pride?
        1. billy will be in contact with NSU.
      4. Raise awareness
      5. Interest in supporting local activists
  5. International Student Welcome Event Thursday, September 3
    1. Table confirmed, will connect further in August
    2. Any volunteers to table? Need people all day starting at 10am
  6. Anarchist Book Fair September 12-14
    1. Table booked, will ask to be next to UVic Pride
    2. Call out for volunteers to table at closer date
    3. Possibility to do workshop? Billy did one last year
  7. Writings on Family Book Launch
    1. Postponed to late August, maybe the Fall
    2. billy is in communications
    3. Still waiting on more info before we can go further (ex. with budgeting)
  8. Signing authorities updating
    1. Trison put on the list
    2. Tribesty finally signed at the office
  9. UVSS/SOCC Committee spots
    1. UVSS SOCC Board Rep
      1. Fardoussa still interested, but want to see what school schedule like in September
      2. Must be agreed upon at S/AGM
    2. SOCC Advocacy Council Rep
      1. Macayla voted in
    3. SOCC GSS Rep
      1. Cage interested, to submit application for position
      2. Must be agreed upon at S/AMG
    4. UVSS Sub Occupants committee
      1. Trison voted in
    5. UVSS Sub-Renos Committee
      1. Still vacant

SOCC Job Posting: Office Coordinator


The Students of Colour Collective is hiring! Please see the Job Description below.

This job positing will end on July 29th at 4pm. Applications must be received at the General Office in the Student Union Building prior to the closing date. Late applications will not be considered. Please email resume, cover leter and application to alma@uvic.ca<mailto:alma@uvic.ca>.

We strongly encourage Indigenous persons, women of colour, persons with disabilitie(s), queer and trans persons of colour to apply.

Thank you,

The Students of Colour Collective.

University Of “Victoria”

Lkwungen and WSANEC Homelands

PH: 250-472-4697






  1. Office Coordinator for the UVSS Students of Colour Collective.


  1. Reports to the Students of Color Collective and the University of Victoria Students Society through the General Manager.


  1. Founded in 1964, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) is an incorporated membership based non-profit that is autonomous from the University and provides advocacy, services and events to all undergraduate students at UVic.


  1. Participate in collective meetings.
  2. In a joint effort with the Students of Color Collective, will supervise the work study and/or project staff.
  3. Develop, uphold and make available the SOCC Constitution, Policies and procedures.
  4. Act as an office administration resource to the collective.
  5. In collaboration with the Collective, maintain the SOCC website, social media accounts, and listserve.
  6. Respond to inquiries, including but not limited to phone, email, social media, and in-person.
  7. In collaboration with the Collective, develop SOCC print materials such as pamphlets and posters
  8. In collaboration with the Collective, establish and maintain active coalitions with UVSS Constituencies and relevant social justice organizations.
  9. Represents Students of Colour Collective in financial and legal dealings with the UVSS, including managing the SOCC Trust account, in collaboration with the Collective.
  10. Act as a signing authority for SOCC in collaboration with the Collective.
  11. Prepare SOCC’s Budget and the UVSS Advocacy Council reports at the beginning of each semester, in collaboration with the Collective.


  1. Demonstrated commitment and experience of a minimum of 1 year working in an to anti-racism and anti-colonialism organization.
  2. Demonstrated respect for various abilities, genders, sexualities and socio-economic realities.
  3. Demonstrated experience preparing budgets and financial reports.
  4. Demonstrated experience in facilitation.
  5. Demonstrated experience in volunteer coordination.
  6. Ability to work independently and within a collective framework.
  7. Ability to organize, prioritize and follow through.
  8. Experience working within a non-profit organization an asset.

This is a temporary job filled by a term employee, and is a unionized position with the United Steelworkers. The University of Victoria Students’ Society is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is restricted to people of colour (see Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Article 12, Subsection 2).

Position: Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) Office Coordinator
Category: Term Employment
Classification: 9
Wage: $23.21
Hours Per Week: 15
Actually shifts: Mon / Tues / Weds / Thurs / Fri
Posting date: July 15, 2015
Closing Date: July 29, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Start Date: August 17, 2015
Dept Manager: Dale Robertson

Applications MUST be received at the General Office in the Student Union Building prior to the closing date. Late applications will not be considered.

Please email resume, cover letter, and application to alma@uvic.ca

We strongly encourage Indigenous persons, women of colour, persons with disabilitie(s), queer and trans persons of colour to apply.

Minutes From July 7th Meeting

Hi Folks!

Below are the minutes from the last Collective Meeting.

Please note that the Hiring Committee is meeting this Thursday in B020 (SOCC Office) to discuss the hiring process. Collective members are welcome to meet and provide input.

There are some more exciting projects on the go, check them out and hope to see you at our next meeting on July 21st.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email socc@uvic.ca or cal at 250-472-4697.


billy yu

Office Coordinator

July 7th, 2015 12:30pm in SOC: Agenda/Minutes/Action Items

Attendance: Fardoussa (first Collective Meeting), Cage, Daphne, Erica, billy, and Tri.

  1. Welcome!
  2. Acknowledgement of WSANEC, Esquimalt, and Lkwungen/Songhees Homelands.
  3. Erica’s motion:
    1. Volunteer Appreciation donation of $250 has been approved. Erica will follow up.

  4. Daphne: Trans Conference
    1. SOCC has approved official support for the Trans Conference, ‘Gender Con 2016’. So far, this support includes:
      1. Volunteer Support (Fardoussa has offered to volunteer, more will undoubtedly come)
      2. SOCC’s logo to be used on promotional material.
      3. Office Coordinator to dedicate paid time to the support of the conference.
      4. Daphne will come back at a later date to seek out funds from SOCC.
  5. Harm Reduction Receiving Site
    1. SOCC officially supports the Harm Reduction Receiving Site Initiative.
    2. David is the SOCC rep for this endeavor.
  6. Anarchist Book Fair: Sept 12-14
    1. Tabling
      1. Some interest. Will confirm a table, and seek out volunteers at a later date.
    2. Workshop?
  7. Book Launch: Writings on Family – Postponed till late August (Possibly Fall)
    1. billy is in communications with Jotika and Solstice Cafe.
    2. billy is seeking out number of people able to come, to decide the budget.
    3. some more discussion needed on SOCC’s vision around budget/financial support of projects outside UVIC.
  8. Signing Authorities: Needs updating
  9. Advocacy Council Check in
    1. Cage has stepped down as Advocacy Council Rep. billy will step in until a new rep is elected.
  10. Women’s Radio Collective (will move to next meeting, on July 21st).
    1. Other things the Women’s Radio Collective wants to talk with SOCC about (since I keep missing your meetings):
    2. We want to have a special radio training day just for advocacy groups sometime in August. Are there days of the week that work best for your membership?
    3. We want to put on a back-to-school party this fall (funding pending)… would anyone from SOCC be into representing SOCC on a little party planning committee for this?
  11. Hiring Committee
    1. When are you meeting?
    2. Daphne, Cage, and Macayla have volunteered to be the Hiring Committee. They will be meeting this Thursday at 10 in SOCC. Collective members are welcome to come to the meeting and provide input/guidance.
  12. Invitations to UVSS/SOCC Committees:
    1. SOCC Board Rep
      1. Fardoussa is interested, will submit application for position.
      2. Position, under the constitution, needs to be agreed upon by the collective during an S/AGM.

      3. So far, David and billy have been the in-term board reps for SOCC. This will continue until new board rep is elected by SOCC. 

    2. SOCC Advocacy Council Rep
      1. billy will be rep until new rep is elected.
    3. SOCC Grad Student Society’s Rep
      1. Cage is interested, will submit application for position.
      2. Position, under the constitution, needs to be agreed upon by the collective during an S/AGM.

      3. Some clarification is needed on the purpose of the GSS Rep. Volunteer position to be looked at/reviewed/created. 
    4. UVSS Sub Occupants Committee
      1. still vacant.
    5. UVSS Sub Renos Committee
      1. still vacant.