The power of activism prevails!

Last week, we brought to you the story of Nathan Brodie, a student at the University of Victoria enrolled through the STEPS Forward program – an initiative that allows students with disabilities like Nathan the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education.

Nathan, like others before him in the program, was told that he would not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony with his peers, even though he had completed the requirements of his program.

So he, along with other STEPS Forward members took to social media in a plea to the University of Victoria to allow him and others like him the right to be in the convocation ceremony.

We are pleased to report that as of April 7th, the University of Victoria Senate has approved the ensuing recommendation put forward by UVic’s Convocation Committee, thereby allowing students enrolled through the STEPS Forward program the right to participate in convocation ceremonies with their peers, starting this June.

Dr. Grace Wong Sneddon, Adviser to the Provost on Diversity at UVic, commented, “We are so pleased to work with STEPS Forward to create this opportunity for recognition and to join Nathan and his family in celebrating his accomplishments.”

UVic will happily be joining the ranks of other B.C. colleges and universities, in celebrating the achievements of students with developmental disabilities at convocation.