EDI Advisory Council


The mandate of the EDI Advisory Council is to develop an aspirational vision for EDI at SFU that will guide and strengthen EDI's commitment to fostering inclusive workplaces and learning environments, and equitable opportunities for all.

Specific responsibilities of the Advisory Council are to provide advice and guidance on the following:

  • developing an aspirational vision statement for EDI at SFU; and
  • high-level, strategic reflections on EDI-related:
    • communication strategies and outreach
    • data collection and analysis
    • programs and policies
    • opportunities and systemic barriers
    • University responsibilities


The EDI Advisory Council is composed of members including faculty, staff and students. The aim is to have diverse representation of career and educational stages, and experiences that reflect the diversity of our staff, faculty, and students, with a minimum of 7 faculty members, 7 staff, and 7 students. Rather than representing constituencies, the members of EDI Advisory Council will be asked to work together to consider the needs of the entire University and serve as EDI champions.

The EDI Advisory Council is co-chaired by Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International and a volunteer from the newly formed EDI Advisory Council. Members of the executive subcommittee and administrative group serve as ex-officio members. The final approval of the slate of the advisory council will be made by the SFU Executive.

The term of the EDI Advisory Council is one year.

Read the original call for Expressions of Interest.



Sherryl Bisgrove

Milena Droumeva

Maya Gislason

Helen Leung

Jeannie Morgan

Carman Neustaedter

Lesley Shannon


Dorothy Christian

Darren Duff

William Gill

Shaheen Nanji

CJ Rowe

Judy Smith

Dal Sohal

Valerie Spicer

Javier Tavitas

Wafaa Zaquot


Lindsay Heller

Vishal Jain

Andrea Jones

Ally Klassen

Nhan Lam

Sanam Prasad

Samer Rihani

Carolyn Tinglin


The Advisory Council will meet 3-4 times a year, the first of which is an all-day retreat for all SAAT members. The 2019-20 meeting schedule for the Advisory Council is as follows:

December 2, 2019 – 2:00 - 4:00pm
January 14, 2020 – Full day retreat
February 26, 2020 – 1:00 - 4:00pm
April 29, 2020 – 1:00 - 4:00pm
June 24, 2020 – 1:00 - 4:00pm
September 16, 2020 – 1:00 - 4:00pm