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The Future We Want to See / Image via VIU

From November 2–November 27, VIU is inviting students, staff, and alumni to have a say in the changes they want to see for the university.

Between March and July of this year, over 1000 people shared their thoughts and opinions about VIU and their hopes for the future, which the campus captured in its What We Heard Report. Now, VIU wants to hear feedback on the first draft of its Strategic Plan.

VIU will lead a community-wide planning process called “The Future We Want to See” until 2021. The process will allow the general public to see what VIU stands for and where it’s going.

The plan will help the university assess its values and priorities as an institution and help it plan what it will and will not work on for the next five years.

The Board of Governors, led by VIU President Dr. Deb Saucier, are conducting the plan.

In a letter sent out to VIU students, Saucier said that she is “passionate about what this plan represents and how it will strategically guide our decisions into the future.”

Saucier said that the plan is to build “a different kind of university—an inclusive, energetic, innovative space where everyone can meet their learning goals.”

If you are interested in taking part in the Strategic Plan, visit the interactive engagement site to join the conversation.


Lauryn is a fourth-year Digital Media Studies student. She has had her work featured in the Powell River Peak, Portal Magazine, and The Discourse. When she’s not looking up fun facts about bees, she’s probably fantasying about Portland, Oregon.

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