Changing Lives, Building Community is the mandate of UFV and the theme of our strategic plan. UFV strives to:
We strive to create and sustain an inclusive, welcoming, and engaging environment that embraces diversity and offers vibrant campus experiences that support social, intellectual, and personal development. Learn more about our strategic directions and our foundation plans and strategic initiatives.
The University is located in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō First Nation people. UFV strives to be a place of learning that recognizes, respects, and includes Indigenous ways of knowing. Learn more about Indigenization at UFV.
We embrace the principle of employment equity and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent. As a comprehensive university serving a diverse community, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect within which education and employment equity can be realized. Learn more about employment equity at UFV.
UFV is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment on campuses where the fair and respectful treatment of all members of the university community is paramount. UFV strives to ensure that the fundamental rights and safety of all students and employees are respected and protected. Learn more about UFV’s initiatives to create a respectful environment and read UFV's Standards of Conduct.
The university operates in a collegial unionized environment. The joint Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) represents over 90% of all the university’s permanent and temporary employees, who together with university administration, work toward achieving the University’s goals and ensuring the long term success of our community. Together, we advance the mandate of UFV to change lives and build community.
Learn about some of the many ways that UFV is engaged with our local communities.
UFV is pleased to partner with the United Way (Fraser Valley) to support local people and communities. Learn about UFV and the United Way.
UFV is proud partner with various community groups and initiatives.
At UFV, celebrating our success as an organization and the work of our employees is important. Here are some recent examples:
UFV is proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for the 5th consecutive year — in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Read the reasons for our selection.
The BC government awarded UFV with the establishment of an Agriculture Centre of Excellence, providing the infrastructure that our students and communities require to identify trends, react to challenges and opportunities, and innovate in agribusiness including production, processing, and marketing of food, ornamental plants, and nutraceuticals.
UFV received the 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award - Inclusive Environment category, and previously the 2013 Reflective Workforce Award from Abbotsford Community Services. The Cultural Diversity Awards recognize organizations and individuals who attract, promote, and encourage diversity within the organization.
New buildings at our Chilliwack (Canada Education Park) campus achieved LEED silver and gold certification. UFV's new Student Union Building in Abbotsford will attain a minimum gold certification.