Community Engagement

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

Hey SFU students! From January 28 – February 7, SFU is holding an online consultation about working and learning in the community. This is your chance to have an impact on what partnership work in your SFU experience could and should look like. Your thoughts would be incredibly valuable to this discussion. 

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Community in the classroom. Classrooms in the community.

Community engagement is an integral ingredient in SFU's approach to education. With growing cohort-based programs, long-standing co-op and Work-Integrated Learning partnerships, and a growing appetite to recognize that learning about the "real world" should happen in the real world, SFU is recognizing that education can't be separate from the issues and challenges that students like you want to tackle – it must be immersed in it, purposefully and in a principled way.

By championing the SFU Strategic Community Engagement Plan and supporting SFU's participation in the Canadian Pilot Cohort of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, our office works to promote the deep integration of the principles of community engagement into SFU's educational programs. But we also offer direct funding for students wishing to explore community partnerships as a way of innovating and doing meaningful, impactful work in the community. 

How you can get involved right now:

Weigh in on SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan.

SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan offers a framework of values and principles for building partnerships to enhance teaching, research and creative activity in ways that strengthen our ability to address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good.

  1. Download and read the Plan, then get ready to tell us, your instructors, your peers and the world about the ways community engagement affects your student experience and your hopes and dreams for the future. 
  2. Subscribe to our Office newsletter to be notified about when consultations will begin and how you can take part.

I'm in — sign me up so I can participate!

You can also send feedback on the Plan to us directly, anytime, by emailing: community@sfu.ca

Got an idea to create meaningful change in your community now? Register for your chance to win funding to make it happen!

The 2019-20 Student Community Engagement Competition has $30,000 available to fund student-led community partnerships that lead to meaningful impact for communities. All you need is an idea...

Take your first step — register today!

You can also...

Have a direct impact in Surrey by working with the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre

The SFU CEC's mission is to facilitate and support the mobilization of university and community capacity to identify and address key societal issues affecting Surrey’s City Centre and closely surrounding neighbourhoods.

Learn more about the SFU CEC →
Explore and apply for opportunities now →

Don't wait, get involved and become a changemaker today!

SFU is one of only 45 institutions in the world to be recognized as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus - the leading designation for social innovation and changemaking in higher education.  

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