COVID-19 Community Resilience Network

Deepen dialogue and collaboration on issues of action and community resilience! Join the regular Zoom call and/or invite yourself to the SFUCOVNET Slack workspace. Everyone is welcome to join this network (see below for details)!

1. Join us Wednesdays @1pm on Zoom

Sign up to get details for weekly calls that explore key issues and deepen dialogue and collaboration. Weeks alternate between broad discussion with key invited guests and dedicated time for network-led "breakout" sessions to deepen emerging dialogue and collaboration. We remain committed to hosting time each week for discussion about antiracism. 

Sign up for call details

We will send an email each week to provide details about the upcoming call. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Fall 2020 call dates and times

  • Wed., Sept. 16th @1:00pm – Anti-fragility and resilience | read the recap
  • Wed., Sept.  23rd @1:00pm – Network-led breakout discussions | read the recap
  • Wed., Sept.  30th @1:00pm – Ele Chenier, President, Academic Women, SFU on radical inclusion | read the recap
  • Wed., Oct.  7th @1:00pm – Network-led breakout discussions | read the recap
  • Wed., Oct. 14th @1:00pm – A discussoin with journalist, Frances Bula, about BC's upcoming election.
  • Wed., Oct. 21st @1:00pm – CANCELLED – more details available in Tuesday's email and in the SFUCOVNET Slack workspace.
  • Wed., Oct. 28th @1:00pm – Mitchell Reardon and Emma Clayton Jones, The Happy City – building resilience in “main street”.
  • Wed., Nov.  4th @1:00pm – Join us for a hosted discussion about precarious instructors in the post-pandemic academy. Facilitated by Gretchen Ferguson with Anis Rahman.
  • Wed., Nov. 11th – NO CALL (Remembrance Day)
  • Wed., Nov. 18th @1:00pm – Join us in discussion with Kim Van Der Woerd, Founder of Reciprocal Consulting, for a dialogue on the colonial nature of current systems of research and evaluation. How do we transform these systems?
  • Wed., Nov. 25th @1:00pm – Ele Chenier returns to facilitate a discussion on how radical inclusion might address the issue of women academics falling behind.
  • Wed., Dec. 2nd @1:00pm – Join us in conversation with SFU President, Dr. Joy Johnson.

Download the recurring calendar invitation

2. Deepen the discussion on Slack

Invite yourself to our open, public Slack workspace (, where you can deepen discussion, find potential collaborators and discover resources shared by the SFUCOVNET community.

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Stories of network impact

Right from the start, responsive action projects got going thanks to connecting and sharing ideas on SFUCOVNET. Here are a few examples of stories that have emerged from this work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SFU Food Hub is a site where SFU students can collect free, weekly groceries. If you are facing the challenge of meeting your daily needs on a reduced income, we can help.

We changed the name!

Successful networks must adapt to provide ongoing direct value for participants. In call feedback and surveys, you indicated a growing desire for increased community involvement and ongoing support for direct action. After six months of a pandemic, it's clear that we're still responding to immediate needs, but we also need to engage the visionary long-term ideas for building back better. For us, community resilience is an effective reminder of this renewed intention.