Better together.

The vision for partnership put forth in SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan strives to recognize that processes of equitable co-creation are essential ingredients in our society's collective efforts to tackle significant complex challenges. That work can't happen without you. Whether you represent a small nonprofit, a startup, a local government or a traditional First Nation, community engagement challenges us to work together towards co-created knowledge and solutions, equitably and respectfully.

SFU is a dynamic and distributed place. People are partnering from within faculty departments, classrooms, co-op work placements, staff units and at the highest levels of our administration. We're working towards an organized view of that activity.

Partnership opportunities and work that may interest you, include:

Staying updated about the Candian Pilot Cohort of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions, including SFU, are exploring the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

The goal: to enable the kind of transformational change that will position Canadian colleges and universities as leaders in partnering with communities to co-create solutions to the world's emerging complex challenges.

Explore the initiative →

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Learn more about how we're supporting community-university partnerships.

SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan provides a framework of values and principles for community engagement, and is intended to support the development of local, partner-situated strategies for the work we do with you. 

Appendix 2 of the Plan includes a set of effectiveness principles intended to support accountability and situated learning about our partnerships.

Download the Plan

You can also send us your feedback on the Plan, directly, anytime, by emailing:

Do you operate in Surrey? Consider partnering with the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre.

The SFU CEC provides an opportunity for SFU to connect with people and organizations in Surrey through collaboration, the sharing of resources and the co-creation of ideas and solutions to build more resilient communities. 

Explore the CEC and its programs →

For partnership opportunities & other inquiries, please contact:

Rachel Nelson
Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs
Community Engagement

Be a part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning!

A festival by the community for the community, the Burnaby Festival of Learning is a week-long series of free events, including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more, all designed to inform, engage, and spark creative conversations among Burnaby’s vibrant and diverse audiences.

Learn more about the festival →
Participate in 2020 by hosting an event →

Explore more of the partnerships and courageous work going on at SFU

While the links below don't capture all the partnership work going on at SFU, they might be a great jumping off point for you to explore the kinds of work going on here and/or to discover a potential partnership to support your organization's mandate or vision.