Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

A commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, and to celebrating diversity, is a foundational principle underlying SFU's strategic vision. In furtherance of that commitment, the university recently appointed Kim Hart as Special Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity.

Community consultation

Part of Kim’s task over the next year, working in collaboration with others and with the advice of an advisory group, is to engage in a community consultation and to prepare a report with recommendations for an action plan, including a framework for embedding equity, diversity and inclusion more deeply into SFU's institutional practices and processes.

Collaboration

Professor Genevieve Fuji Johnson from the Department of Political Science has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Provost’s Office on Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement to work alongside Kim throughout 2018.

They will work in collaboration with Dr. Larry Axelrod, the newly appointed Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Faculty Relations) and Theresa Burley who had a lead role in preparing the university’s Canada Research Chair Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

To inform, guide and coordinate this work, the university will establish, and Kim will chair, both an advisory group and a coordinating committee.

Integration with existing work

The work of this collaborative group will complement, reinforce, and build on the EDI initiatives already underway at SFU and will be informed by the work being championed by staff, faculty, students, offices, units and committees across the university including the work of Human Resources, Student Services, the Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office, Ombudsperson, Academic Women, SFUFA, SFU West (SFU Women in Science, Engineering and Technology), the Human Rights office, the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and others.

Learn more

More information about this collaboration, and about the advisory and coordinating committees, and plans for the community consultation, will be forthcoming in early 2018.

For further information or discussion, we invite you to contact us:

  • For general questions or comments about the equity, diversity and inclusion initiative.
    Contact Kimberly (Kim) Hart, krhart@sfu.ca, Special Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity.

  • For questions or comments about this initiative as it relates to faculty members.
    Contact Genevieve Fuji Johnson, gfjohnso@sfu.ca, Senior Advisor to the Provost’s Office on Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.

  • For questions about or to discuss any issues or experiences related to equity, diversity or inclusion in your work
    Contact Larry Axelrod, laxelrod@sfu.ca, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Faculty Relations).

  • For questions about SFU’s Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
    Contact Theresa Burley, thughesa@sfu.ca, Major Projects Office.