Remaking the Table

About this series

Remaking the Table is a new monthly public webinar series produced by SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). This series will unpack tensions, challenges and re-imagining in community-engaged research. Remaking the Table will explore strategies and solutions for a more equitable, inclusive approach to CER.

The workshop series takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm Pacific Time. It is free and open to the public as well as SFU’s community of graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty. We welcome all researchers curious about new horizons in CER.

About our November 18 kickoff

Remaking the Table kicks off Wednesday, November 18th from 1-2pm. The launch introduces the team and thinking behind SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi).

Hear from co-directors Am Johal and Stuart R. Poyntz, Tara Mahoney, Research and Engagement Coordinator, Kari Grain, Special Research Associate, and Jackie Wong, Community Strategic Initiatives Associate.

Join us for a vibrant conversation about how contemporary contexts are shaping our approaches to CER, what you can expect to see from us in the year ahead and how you can stay connected with CERi.


Date: Third Wednesday of each month
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT


Online via Zoom
Note: Events are held via Zoom Webinar and will be recorded. A link to the Webinar will be distributed via email to registrants prior to the event.

Remaking the Table: 2021 Webinar Calendar

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Approaching CER through a trauma informed lens

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

Experiences with trauma are part of the lives of many individuals and communities. Trauma can be stigmatizing and isolating, and mainstream culture doesn’t always make space for its existence and its impact on people’s daily experiences. This interactive webinar will explore trauma-informed approaches to community engaged research, vital to creating safer, more supportive conditions for meaningful connection and equitable work. We invite the ongoing participation of audience members throughout the session while spotlighting the expertise of three Indigenous practitioners, including CERi’s Researcher-in-Residence Lyana Patrick.

Cultural sensitivity and CER

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

Many of us do the work we do because we are invested in productively challenging the status quo. This includes forging space to uplift and centre the voices, experiences, and expertise of racialized communities. Through the contributions of special guest speakers and audience members, this webinar strives to cultivate a collective toolkit for culturally sensitive community engaged research.

Decolonizing CER and unsettling the work

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

What horizons are possible when we imagine and enact an approach to community engaged research that dismantles and stretches beyond the colonial structures in which many institutions and communities are entangled? Through an innovative, interactive discussion featuring special community guests and audience contributions, this webinar will consider what we can do now to decolonize our work, particularly as it pertains to community engaged research. We invite you to bring your creativity, your delight, and your readiness to shift your practice towards more inclusivity and joy.

Funding CER and paying people equitably

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

Reciprocity is a core value in community engaged research. So, too, is adequately and equitably compensating people for their time and labour. But how this lands down in the work is not often widely discussed. Through spotlighting the reflections of CERi staff and researchers while inviting in the expertise and experiences of audience members, this webinar explores how to support the communities at the heart of community engaged research through adequate compensation.

Regional approaches to CER: Surrey case study

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

This webinar marks one step towards challenging and dismantling the sometimes problematic centrality of large urban centres in community engaged research. With a focus on the geo-political context of Surrey, BC and the people living and working in it, this webinar will surface some of the regional considerations part of ethical CER. The session invites audience members to bring reflections and questions from their own regional research contexts to explore with each other and with the speakers, mapped onto Surrey as a backdrop and case study.