SFU-Community initiatives

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 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.

Check out the many examples of collaborative action being taken by members of the community and SFU within principled, mutually beneficial partnerships. If you are inspired by this work, or you are looking for connections to amplify and strengthen your own, please join the COVID-19 Community Resilience Network

  • COVID-19 hit humanity by storm and turned into a massive global health, social, economic and geopolitical shock. What are the key takeaways from these multiple shocks? Join the Seniors Lifelong Learning Society and the SFU Liberal Arts & 55+ Program for a lecture exploring the impact of COVID-19 happening on April 8th at 3PM PDT.

  • Join us on April 21 (6PM PDT) for an evening of conversation with Robhn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for this year’s lecture on Information + Society from SFU Library for a discussion of abolition and anti-colonialism with renowned these two writers, scholars and activists. Register today for this free event!

  • On March 18, 2020, Simon Fraser University students, faculty and staff began working remotely from their homes and beyond. Apart but together, the SFU community demonstrated why SFU is Canada’s Engaged University, staying connected through innovation, compassion, and determination. Watch our video celebrating SFU’s unconventional year.

  • Author and SFU lecturer Amanda Watson will be in conversation with CBC’s Michelle Eliot to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and intensified the challenges of the idealized version of motherhood. Join us on Monday, March 8 at 2pm PST for The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone In The Age Of COVID-19.

  • Resilience has been a theme in city planning & management throughout the 21st century & its relevance is both altered & underscored by COVID-19. How much can we apply from emergency and recovery planning efforts from other cities and other kinds of risks and disasters to our post-pandemic context? Join us as we address these new realities, while other emergencies are unfolding.

Do you have a great COVID-19 response and recovery story to share? We'd love to hear it.

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