Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office


The Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office is available to all members of the Vancouver Island University community for consultation regarding human rights, diversity, conflict management, or related topics.

To book a consultation with the Interim-Director, send an email to HumanRights@viu.ca please add your VIU contact details and a brief description of your concern.

If you wish to provide us with some background information prior to your appointment, please fill out our Contact Form.


To plan an educational session or orientation for your class or group, please contact the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office by email HumanRights@viu.ca.

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

VIU is now an Employer Partner of the CCDI (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion). The CCDI is a resource for employees to register for free webinars and workshops.

Contact Us

Janelle LaCroix, Interim Director

Telephone: 250-740-6430
Email: Janelle.LaCroix@viu.ca

Karen Baxter Thistle, Administrative Coordinator

Telephone: 250-740-6440

Email: Karen.BaxterThistle@viu.ca (Work from home on Monday & Friday)


We are located in building 300, room 100 at the Nanaimo Campus. We can also host meetings via Zoom if you prefer.

Universal Access Committee

The UAC has committed to improving the accessible wayfinding of VIU's students, staff and visitors.

Visit UAC Website

Positive Space

The Positive Space Alliance seeks to raise awareness of diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity and to challenge the patterns of silence that continue to marginalize these communities.

Visit Positive Space Website

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

VIU has now established a dedicated team to promote and ensure equity, diversity and inclusion across all the individuals, groups, departments and offices which make up our VIU community.  

Visit Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Website