SFU-Community initiatives

Despite incredible challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, community resilience, knowledge and innovation has mobilized with strength. From distance-delivered events, to innovative volunteer-driven education, to grassroots mobilization on issues like food security, climate change, isolation and knowledge mobilization, existing programs have found ways to adapt to the new world of physical distancing and new initiatives in partnership with community are having significant, emergent impact.

Check out the many examples of collaborative action being taken by members of the community and SFU within principled, mutually beneficial partnerships. If you are inspired by this work, or you are looking for connections to amplify and strengthen your own, please join the COVID-19 Community Resilience Network

  • Join us on May 15 for The Cardboard Project, a unique and artistic exhibit that features a collection of 100+ written experiences by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, on a virtual platform. See this incredible lineup of innovative speakers, including SFU biomedical physiology and kinesiology professor Diane Finegood as one of the many speakers to be featured.

  • As British Columbia charts its post-pandemic future, Simon Fraser University (SFU) is helping the province build back better. Join us on April 30 for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade event as President Johnson draws on SFU’s experience during the pandemic to highlight the role research universities can, and must play, in economic recovery as part of a common effort with business, labour, government and civil society to confront the challenges ahead, from the emerging talent gap to the climate crisis.

  • SFU's Labour Studies Program invites you to the second webinar in its series Just Recovery? Labour, Organizing and the Future We Want. Join us on April 23 (12PM PDT) as panelists tackle questions around the precarity of creative workers, models for building collective power and creating programs to support workers in the arts.

  • COVID-19 hit humanity by storm and turned into a massive global health, social, economic and geopolitical shock. What are the key takeaways from these multiple shocks? Join the Seniors Lifelong Learning Society and the SFU Liberal Arts & 55+ Program for a lecture exploring the impact of COVID-19 happening on April 8th at 3PM PDT.

  • Join us on April 21 (6PM PDT) for an evening of conversation with Robhn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for this year’s lecture on Information + Society from SFU Library for a discussion of abolition and anti-colonialism with renowned these two writers, scholars and activists. Register today for this free event!

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