COVID-19: Our Response

During times of crisis, the cracks in our business-as-usual patterns become more visible. Disruptions can either cause these cracks to grow or be catalysts for change. In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, we are focusing our energy on strengthening democracy by reinforcing the social infrastructure of our communities and creating greater resilience and equity in these shifting times. From our homes, the Centre’s staff and faculty are doing what we do best - convening people to address the challenges in our communities.

Check out some of the ways we are showing up:

Pivot 2020

Pivot 2020 is a deep urban exploration and information gathering project led by 1,200 young people in 27 cities across Canada. These young people will collect data through surveying youth, interviewing community members and collecting benchmark information on the issues that matter to them most. It’s good work changing cities.


Need help during COVID-19? Wegotchu.

Young people in our communities experience unique anxieties and challenges as a result of COVID-19 and they need resources that support them uniquely. In response, we have created, a one-stop resource centre and FAQ specifically designed to support young people under 30 in navigating their health and social needs during the pandemic.


Distant, Not Disengaged

Distant, Not Disengaged was created as an experimental and innovative programming collaboration from SFU Public Square, CityHive and the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue to meet the urgent issues and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Community connection, courage to stand up to the status quo in times of crisis, and relevance to local and global events are at the core of our event series.


Youth #StayAtHome Campaign

Join us in spreading encouragement for young people to stay home and support themselves and one another during this time. Let's turn staying home into a badge of honour and help young people know they are not alone in their efforts or challenges and create opportunities to share their stories and experiences with one another.


Mobility Options

As the lead convener of Moving in a Livable Region, the Centre has launched a new website to help residents move in Metro Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with TransLink, Vancouver Coastal Health, and other regional stakeholders to update the information daily.


Supporting Municipalities

Our Democracy Spark Grants were originally intended to create opportunities for in-person solutions-focused programming in libraries across the province. Some of these events have already happened, but many have not. We will be connecting with our recipients to identify how we at the Centre can best support libraries to be the resources and community engagement hubs communities need in times like these.



Safe & Equitable Engagement Spaces Webinar

We held an online webinar with guests Cicely Belle Blain and Alia Ali to discuss equity, safety and inclusion in online engagement. This webinar explored the experience of minority communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as innovations and tips from different communities to create meaningful and respectful online engagement spaces.


Vancouver Coastal Health Survey

We quickly crowdsourced questions and feedback for Vancouver Coastal Health to start thinking about what questions will need answering in the coming weeks. This work has also informed SFU Public Square and the greater SFU community about information needs in the general public, which they will begin to fill.

With more developments to all of these on the way, and more we’ve yet to announce, we invite you to connect with us. Are you planning anything similar, does something in the above resonate with you? We would like to hear from you at | @SFUDialogue