Community Engagement

Community engagement at SFU: what's working well, and what isn't?

From January 28 – February 7, VP External Relations has opened an online consultation about SFU community engagement. This is a really great opportunity to share your thoughts about community-engaged research and/or community-engaged pedagogy, and to let the administration (and everyone else) know what must be done to strengthen your ability to do this work well. Your thoughts would be incredibly valuable to this discussion.

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You are the brave people carrying community engagement at SFU. Thank you.

Community engagement has thrived at SFU because faculty and staff practitioners do the work. Sometimes (if not often), you do so in spite of persistent barriers, shifting challenges and ongoing isolation. Our hope is to mobilize supports (in the form of programs, strategies, advocacy and community-building) that strengthen SFU's institutional capacity to support you. 

Take advantage of these potential opportunities to strengthen support for your work.

Sign up to take part in ongoing consultations about SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan.

The plan was written to empower you to create local, responsive strategies that are appropriate for your partnerships, as well as to provide a framework of values and principles to guide work across SFU and to help define and lift up key challenges.

For example: if you are not supported in building relationships, how can you possibly get to the point where you have co-created research questions or experiential education opportunities?

Not just another consultation. This fall, we will be offering up the SFU Strategic Community Engagement Plan for your thoughts and feedback. Our hope is to begin an ongoing process that provokes regular dialogue and productive feedback about SFU's collective approach to community engagement.

Sign up for your newsletter to make sure you are notified about when and how you can take part. You can also send feedback on the Plan to us directly, anytime, by emailing: community@sfu.ca

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Get curious about the Canadian Pilot Cohort for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (and what it can do for you).

Sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions, including SFU, are exploring the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

The goal: to enable the kind of transformational change that will position Canadian colleges and universities as leaders in partnering with communities to co-create solutions to the world's emerging complex challenges.

Representatives of the Canadian Pilot Cohort of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, February 2019.

Consider applying for a grant to support community-engaged teaching, research and creative activity.

SFU’s Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) offers small grants of up to $10,000 to SFU staff and faculty for projects developed with community partners that strengthen relationships and have meaningful impact.

This is an annual program – a new call for proposals goes out in December or January, application deadlines are usually in March, and funding decisions are made in June.

Sign up for updates about the CEI

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Nominate a colleague for the Warren Gill Award for Community Impact.

The Warren Gill Award recognizes and celebrates lifetime achievement in community engagement. It is given to an SFU staff or faculty member who has dedicated a lifetime of work to exemplary community-engaged teaching, research and creative activity, and who has built significant partnerships between the University and the communities served by SFU that have resulted in substantive, positive impact for those involved.

Explore past winners →
Explore the nomination process →

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Interested in community engagement but still aren't sure exactly how we can help?

SFU Community Engagement News is our email newsletter focussed on stories, information, events and opportunities all about community engagement. You can also sign up for specific updates about the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI). You can unsubscribe at any time. 

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