Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Time to act

SFU’s goal is to ensure our campuses are welcoming places for everyone to gather and learn and that all who work or study here feel a sense of belonging, inclusion, fairness and mutual respect. The ultimate goal is to create the conditions to foster a culture of inclusion and healthy campus environment.

There is important work ahead. We need to redouble our efforts to create a safe and inclusive campus where we can all thrive.

Message from Joy

“Addressing systemic issues can seem intimidating, but I believe it’s important that we start from a framework of possibility. We have strengths we can build on. [...]What we’ve heard from our community is that it’s time to act. ”

- Joy Johnson, VP Research
Chair EDI Executive Sub-Committee


Upcoming events

Values and commitments

SFU is an institution built on strong values:

  • We are an open, inclusive university whose foundation is intellectual and academic freedom
  • Our scholarship unites teaching and research: we celebrate discovery, diversity and dialogue

Upon these foundations, we will engage all our communities in building a robust and ethical society. Read more about our values and commitments.

Our priorities

We are committing to deliver on the following priorities before the end of 2019:

  • Improved resourcing, including centralized accountability to the President and executive, supported by:
    • Full-time coordinator to align EDI activities across SFU
    • Full-time EDI staff member within Faculty Relations
    • Full-time EDI staff member within HR
    • Full-time EDI staff member within Student Services
  • Data gathering. We will launch a survey in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in mid-November. This will help us learn more about our community, but it's only a first step. There will be more to do.
  • A centralized communication hub on SFU.ca. This resource will include EDI activities happening across SFU, resources, training and learning opportunities, and updates from SFU’s senior leadership.

Executive Sub-Committee members

Sandi de Domenico
Associate Vice-President, Human Resources
Email: sandi_domenico@sfu.ca  

Rummana Khan Hemani
Vice Provost, Students and International
Email: avps@sfu.ca

Kera McArthur
Executive Director, President’s Office
Email: dpo@sfu.ca

Jonathan Driver
Vice-President, Academic and Provost pro-tem
Email: driver@sfu.ca 

Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan
Associate Vice-President, External Relations
Email: sjayamad@sfu.ca

Administrative Group

Anisha Arora, EdD
Director, Projects | Office of the Vice Provost, Students & International
Email: anisha_arora@sfu.ca

Rosie Dhaliwal, MEd
Specialist, Diversity & Inclusion and Education | Human Resources
Email: rosie_dhaliwal@sfu.ca

Theresa Burley, MPH
EDI Coordinator
Email: theresa_burley@sfu.ca

Suman Jiwani, MSc
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion | Faculty Relations
Email: suman_jiwani@sfu.ca

Advisory Council

SFU is working to deepen our focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and is dedicated to ensuring our campuses are welcoming places for everyone to gather and learn, and that all who work or study here feel a sense of belonging, inclusion, fairness and mutual respect.

To assist with this work, we have appointed 25 members of the SFU community to serve on the EDI advisory council.