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Tracy Han and Ray Geng from SFU's Chinese Undergraduate Association introducing Dashan at SFU on March 1, 2017 (Greg Ehlers, Simon Fraser University)

Supporting Student-Led Programming

SFU Public Square supports the work of SFU student groups, clubs, and associations by inviting them to host thematically-linked events during the Community Summit, and by partnering throughout the rest of the year. Some of the ways that student groups receive support:

  • Thought leadership from SFU Public Square's team of engagement professionals;
  • Process design and event development guidance, logistical support; 
  • Promotional support and event amplification; 
  • In some cases, SFU Public Square will provide support for meeting space and venue rental.

In the past, SFU Public Square has supported Embark Sustainability, the Graduate Business Student Association at the Beedie School of Business, the Chinese Undergraduate Association, the Student Health Advisory Committee, the Simon Fraser Student Society Women's Centre, the SFU Model NATO Club, the SFU Bitcoin Club, and Net Impact SFU.

Additionally, the SFU Public Square team advises students in the Semester in Dialogue program on how to successfully plan and implement their final project, usually taking the form of a large-scale public dialogue / engagement event.

If you are interested in working with SFU Public Square, contact Kady Wong at sfupsvol@sfu.ca.

Testimonials

JAZLYN MELNYCHUK, CO-MANAGER AND CO-FOUNDER, SFU NATO FIELD SCHOOL  

"The SFU NATO Field School and SFU NATO Club partnered with SFU Public Square to host the 120-guest event 'Women in International Security' with Senator Mobina Jaffer and Lt.-Gen. Chris Whitecross. To our students, this event was an inspiring look at the role of women in international operations and the Canadian military and an unprecedented opportunity to interact firsthand with high level female policymakers. For me, this event was my first time moderating an event of this level and I learned a great deal about public speaking and being adaptable in event hosting. Overall, working with Public Square was special for us because the team was so dedicated and genuinely passionate about helping us achieve our goals for this event. We definitely look forward to working with them again in the future."

LAUREN IRELAND, MBA STUDENT & PRESIDENT OF THE GRADUATE BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Beyond Bitcoin was timely for the full-time MBA students… those of us who attended the event were able to bring in new knowledge into the classroom and open up further discussions on the impacts of blockchain technology. The GBSA is hoping that this event can continue next year, and perhaps even grow to become a Speaker Series on topics that are new and noteworthy to graduate business students and the greater community.”

TRACY HAN, VICE-PRESIDENT, EVENTS, CHINESE UNDERGRADUATE ASSOCIATION

“SFU Public Square engaged the Chinese community at SFU and helped to increase awareness of Chinese culture and traditions among the entire university community by helping us host Dashan Live at SFU. The partnership also offered valuable volunteering and networking opportunities for SFU Chinese undergraduate students. It has been a very rewarding opportunity and we would love to partner with SFU Public Square again in the future.”

GIANJEET KAUR, PROGRAMS MANAGER, EMBARK SUSTAINABILITY

It was a pleasure to be able to partner with SFU Public Square for the Climate of Work event. While we were shifting most of the gears behind the scenes, SFU Public Square really helped us promote the event and reach a completely new audience through their networks and platforms. In fact, our event sold out within days and we strongly believe this was a direct result of this partnership.”

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