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The Office of Graduate Studies will be hosting or promoting a number of events for our graduate community. See more details in the listings below which fall generally under these three categories:

Mugs & Mornings: Join us for VIU's Graduate Student Breakfast Club! A continental breakfast will be service with coffee and tea. We will include a short workshop to make sure your belly and mind is full when you leave! Workshops will cover leadership, academic or professional topics.

Knowledge Mobilization: The spring semester is all about communication! We will offer a number of workshops to increase your skills in this area cumulating in a week long conference style event for all VIU students (CREATE).

Events by Others: Often other areas of the university (and beyond!) are putting on events we think our graduate students should know about and attend. We will do our best to list a selection of these on this page as well. 

Make sure to register!

The Office of Graduate Studies' events are hosted on the Co-Curricular Involvement App.

Please register and join the Graduate Studies Community Channel. Under the Events tab you can register for the events.

January Events

When: January 12 | 7:15-8:30am

Where: B305 (Library) R440 (Research Commons)

What: Grab some breakfast then learn more about your leadership style! 

Register via the Co-Curricular App - See info above.

When: January 16 | 11am-12:30pm

Where: Online

What: Offered by BCCampus. Join our expert panel, featuring a mix of students, educators, program managers, institutional leaders, and BCcampus representatives, as they dive into the practical and ethical applications of AI in higher education. 

Register here

When: January 16 | 11:30am-12:45pm

Where: Upper Cafeteria Room 401- Royal Arbutus Room

What: Enjoy some soup and bannock while taking in the following talk: Shining Light on the Nanaimo Indian Hospital Through Language Reawakening.

No registration, for more information.

When: January 16 | 4-6:15pm Doors open at 3:30pm, film screening starts at 4:00pm followed by a Q&A period.

Where: Building 310 - Malaspina Theatre

What: This is a FREE event for VIU students and employees. Documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders, including the impacts of genocide resulting from Canada’s Indian Residential School (IRS) system. Calling the audience’s attention to the filmmaking process of narrative collaboration between an Indigenous and settler team, this character driven documentary connects the transformative stories of three Indigenous multimedia changemakers and their four Elders.

For more information.

When: January 19 | 7:15-8:30am

Where: B305 (Library) R440 (Research Commons)

What: Grab some breakfast then learn more about Zotero - a free reference management system VIU students have access to. This could save you some serious headaches and frustration!

Register via the Co-Curricular App - See info above.

When: January 23 | 11am-12pm

Where: Online

What: Offered by BCCampus. This will delve into how narratives and personal stories can serve as powerful tools to comprehend and challenge oppressive structures within educational practices. Participants will gain insights into incorporating storytelling as a method to promote inclusivity and address issues of social justice in both teaching and research.

Learn more: Research Speaker Series – Storytelling as Methodology: Anti-Oppression in Teaching and Research

When: January 25 | 11am-2pm

Where: Upper Cafeteria, Royal Arbutus Room 

What: Take 30-45 min to drop in for a Mental Health Screening with VIU's Counselling Team. The event is free, anonymous and confidential. Take part in fun and engaging activities to learn more about stress, mood and anxiety problems, supports and self-care.

For more information.

When: January 26 | 7:15-8:30am

Where: B305 (Library) R440 (Research Commons)

What: Tips and advice for finding part-time jobs.

Register via the Co-Curricular App - See info above.

When: January 26 | 9am-1pm

Where: Building 210 Room 105

What: LivingWorks SafeTALK is a face-to-face workshop with powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. At a LivingWorks SafeTALK workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. This Workshop is FREE to VIU Staff and students and is not recommended for people who have had a recent suicide loss.

Register through the Co-Curricular App, or write to