About SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative

Our Purpose

Designed around a collaborative research infrastructure, SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) will promote principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. This will allow our researchers and students to develop meaningful and productive research partnerships that are capable of making a positive difference in communities throughout British Columbia—and beyond. CERi focuses on a reciprocal relationship between universities and communities.

Our mission:

  • Develop a new social infrastructure within SFU
  • Entrench and expand SFU’s capacity to lead community-engaged research
  • Develop a one-of-a-kind infrastructure that will be unique in Canada

Our mandate:

  • SFU is strengthening the capacity of our researchers and students to engage respectfully and ethically with community members
  • Through meaningful and productive research partnerships, SFU researchers are capable of making a positive difference within their communities
  • This commitment is intended to facilitate wider public engagement with research and deepen connections between researchers and communities
  • To develop a community of practice for community-engaged research at SFU based on the principles and practices described above.

How CERi supports SFU’s engaged vision:

Engaging Students: to enhance learning by providing students with the opportunity to work with researchers in the community to solve real life problems.

Engaging Research: to strengthen resources needed to support researchers working with our community members to solve real life problems, and to celebrate community-engaged research.

Engaging Communities: to raise the profile of community-engaged research and to match community needs to researcher expertise.

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