media release

Semester in Dialogue celebrates 10th anniversary

January 24, 2013

Robin Prest, SFU Centre for Dialogue, 778.782.7885,
Emily Ross, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Since 2003, Simon Fraser University’s Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue program has hosted nearly 500 community dialogues - with thought leaders such as Craig Kielburger, Karen Armstrong, and Andrea Reimer – while forging community partnerships with numerous organizations. The latest is a collaboration with the City of Vancouver to assist city staff in implementing Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 goals.

On January 26, a 10th anniversary celebration at Harbour Centre will honour the legacy of a program that inspires students to engage in their communities, by harnessing their passion for improving Canadian society through the practice of dialogue.

Established by biology professor Mark Winston, the program grew out of the university’s drive for educational reform and its growing commitment to developing a broader undergraduate education.

“It is a remarkable experience each semester as we watch students find their own voices and confidence in themselves and each other, and realize they have important things to say,” says Winston, who is still the academic director of the program.

The Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue has produced over 500 alumni, including Megan Branson, Olla Flowers founder, Fiona Rayher, Gen Why Media artistic director, and Deborah Harford, SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team executive director.

The 10-Year Anniversary Celebration will bring alumni together with current students, program fellows, and community leaders.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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