SFU Refugee and Newcomer Programs

In 2016, in response to the global refugee crisis and Canada’s commitment to accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees, SFU began a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to refugee-related issues.

SFU engages refugee communities in a variety of ways including research, scholarships, support services for refugee students, and through public and community programming.

In 2016, SFU established the SFU Refugee Working Group (RWG) to develop, coordinate and implement the University’s refugee-related engagement and support. In January 2017, the RWG expanded its mandate to include working with newcomers given the considerable overlap in the work and issues being addressed. In light of the expanded mandate, a Refugee and Newcomer Advisory Committee (RNAC) was established to provide strategic oversight to support the university’s refugee and newcomer engagement.

The RNAC is comprised of staff, faculty, and students from across the Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver campuses. There are currently 10 members on the RNAC, including two student members.

If you have any questions, or are interested in getting in touch with the Refugee and Newcomer Advisory Committee please email: sfui_refugee@sfu.ca

Refugee and Newcomer Advisory Committee Members:
•Sarah Bollozos, Director of Major Gifts, Faculty of Education
•Suzanna M. Crage, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
•Stephen Dooley, Executive Director, SFU Surrey
•Andisheh Fard (secretary), Coordinator, Refugee and Newcomer Community Engagement, SFU International
•Matthew Grant, Executive Director, Community Engagement, External Relations
•Carolyn Hanna, Director, International Services for Students
•Ayan Ismail, Student
•Nancy Johnston, Vice Provost Students and International, Pro Tem
•Shaheen Nanji (Chair), Executive Director (Acting), SFU International
•Dione Nyathi, Student