Now, more than ever, is the time for institutions to work in close partnership with our communities.

Despite incredible challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, community resilience, knowledge and innovation has mobilized with strength. From distance-delivered events, to innovative volunteer-driven education, to grassroots mobilization on issues like food security, climate change, isolation, health services and knowledge mobilization, existing programs have found ways to adapt to the new world of physical distancing, and new initiatives in partnership with community are having significant, emergent impact.

Explore this emerging work

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Connect with others at the COVID-19 Community Resilience Network

The COVID-19 pandemic is directly affecting everyone on the planet in new and profound ways. To mobilize the capacity and creativity of community-university collaborations and partnerships, we are building a network to help people connect, share resources, and act to enhance our collective impact.

Please join this growing network – hop on the regular Wednesday Zoom call, or join the SFUCOVNET Slack space. Everyone is welcome. 

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Stories of emerging impact

SFU-Community partnershps and initiatives have mobilized with strength, resilience and courage. Explore examples of collaborative action here.

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Volunteering goes online at SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre

When the COVID-19 lockdown hit, the SFU Surrey CEC shut down 21 programs and sent home more than 100 volunteers. Thanks to the passion and courage of SFU students, even a global pandemic can’t stop the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre’s (SFU Surrey CEC) volunteer-run programs

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Donate a laptop, make a difference

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a new barriers to learning and connecting for low-income families in Surrey, we have started a Tech Initiative to provide laptops for children and youth in need to participate equitably.

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New food hub supporting students launches on Burnaby campus

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted many aspects of our daily lives. Disparities in our society have become increasingly apparent as more of the population, including students, find themselves suddenly without income and, in some cases, without reliable access to food.


Connect with us at SFU’s Office of Community Engagement

At this time, Office of Community Engagement staff are working remotely and practicing physical distancing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are available through technology and remain committed to supporting people, to supporting partnerships and to building SFU’s institutional capacity for teaching, research and creative activity that results in community impact.

Connect with us

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together during this difficult time. For more information about SFU’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Call out to the community

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