Priority work and initiatives
SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan
Growing SFU’s capacity for authentic and courageous partnerships.
SFU's strategic community engagement plan is intended to empower SFU students, faculty and staff to form deeper and more courageous partnerships so that community engaged research, pedagogy, creative activity and outreach may better express co-created intentions for community impact while maintaining (and perhaps defining new modes of) scholarly rigor.
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification – Canadian Pilot Cohort
Facilitating the emergence of a framework for post-secondary transformational change in Canada.
The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification supports transformational change to increase epistemic justice. SFU is facilitating a cohort of 16 Canadian post-secondary institutions in a collaborative pilot to assess and/or improve the Carnegie Classification’s strategic utility for Canadian contexts.
SFU's Community Engagement Initative
Annual grants of up to $10,000 to nurture community-engaged scholarship and impact
The CEI has awarded over $700,000 and supported over 110 SFU staff and faculty projects to co-create community impact through cultivating mutual beneficial and respectful partnerships. Each year, the program fields about four proposals for every one that wins funding – the quality of proposals is incredibly high, and is a testament to the courage and creativity of SFU faculty and staff.
Warren Gill Award for Community Impact
Recognizing and celebrating lifetime achievement in community engagement.
The Warren Gill Award is given to an SFU Faculty member who has dedicated a lifetime of work to exemplary community-engaged teaching, research and creative activity.
Student Community Engagement Competition
Fuelling student innovation and social impact through community partnership.
The SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition (SCEC) seeks to recognize, celebrate, and champion community-student engagement and spirit by providing seed funding for SFU students to develop innovative impact projects in partnership with community.
The Burnaby Festival of Learning
The Burnaby Festival of Learning is hosted by the community, for the community.
Co-presented by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby, in participation with many local Burnaby organizations, the Festival of Leraning is a week-long series of free events, featuring performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more, all designed to inform, engage, and spark creative conversations among Burnaby’s vibrant and diverse audiences.
The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre (SFU CEC)
Making a difference in the community also makes a difference in you.
The SFU CEC works to facilitates and support the mobilization of university and community capacity to identify and address key societal issues affecting Surrey’s City Centre and closely surrounding neighbourhoods.
SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan offers a vision and some key values and principles upon which local, responsive strategies might be formed.
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