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February 20, 2013

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UVic One Of Canada's Top Diversity Employers

For the second year in a row, the University of Victoria has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The winners of the 2013 competition were announced Feb. 19, recognizing 55 organizations that lead the nation in creating inclusive workplace cultures.

UVic was one of only two Victoria organizations included on the list, and one of five in BC. The university was recognized for a variety of initiatives, including managing a mental health task force that organizes awareness events throughout the year, maintaining a diversity and equity steering committee, and hosting an annual diversity research forum.

“We are delighted that the university’s strong commitment to diversity has been recognized again this year,” says Kane Kilbey, Associate Vice-President Human Resources. “It is one of our top priorities to recruit and retain a group of diverse and exceptionally talented people, and to support them in creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere on our campus.”

Grace Wong Sneddon, Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives and Adviser to the Provost on Diversity and Equity, and Nancy Pye, Human Rights Complaints Advisor, attended the reception in Toronto to accept the award.

The Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition looks for organizations with clearly defined strategies to reach their diversity goals, along with a variety of programs to promote cultural diversity, review and tracking measures.

For more information on UVic’s equity and diversity initiatives, visit www.uvic.ca/vpacademic/faculty/diversity/index.php or web.uvic.ca/eqhr/.


  Media Contacts:

Kane Kilbey (Human Resources) at 250-721-8031 or kanek@uvic.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.

Expert On New Report On Hacking Group In China

The following University of Victoria researcher is available to discuss the new report released this week by US cyber security firm Mandiant alleging a link between a Chinese military unit and a hacking group in China:

Christopher Parsons (Dept. of Political Science) is a PhD candidate at UVic and conducts research on digital surveillance methods. He has read the report and can comment on technical aspects as well as political threats. Another aspect of his academic work considers how network security systems are partially driven by national security reasons, and he has also observed how cyber surveillance can be clouded in secrecy. Specifically, his research at UVic explores the convergence between digital surveillance technology and the privacy regimes of Canada, the US and the European Union. (Parsons is available all day today and can be reached on his cell at 778-977-5653, on desk phone at 250-721-7782 or by email at christopher@christopher-parsons.com or parsons@uvic.ca.)


  Media Contacts:

Anne MacLaurin (Social Sciences Communications) at 250-217-4259 or sosccomm@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.

UVic media releases and other resources for journalists are available on the World Wide Web at http://communications.uvic.ca/media

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