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den Haan Family Semester in Dialogue student award

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The den Haan Family Semester in Dialogue student award was established at Simon Fraser University in 2017 with a generous commitment from Mike den Haan, SFU's vice-president, advancement and alumni relations. The awards are intended to provide funding and recognition to a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates exceptional promise and who is enrolled in or has successfully completed the Semester in Dialogue program.

The Semester in Dialogue is a single term, full-time program designed to inspire students with a sense of civic responsibility and encourage their passion for improving society. Each term the program offers an original, interdisciplinary experience that bridges the classroom with the community and creates space for students to reflect on what they are doing and why it matters. Students participate in conversations with our province's thought leaders rather than listening to lectures. They design projects that explore issues of personal and civic importance and receive intensive feedback and mentorship from peers and faculty.

The award has been established as part of SFU's 50 Awards for the 50th Anniversary campaign, and will receive a $1,000 match from the Knowledge First Financial Matching program. The match will allow for the award to be disbursed to an additional student in the first year.

About the donors

Christy den Haan-Veltman currently enjoys practicing user experience at SFU libraries. As a former high school teacher, she often coached her students to engage in discussions and believes in the transformative power of dialogue.

SFU's VP Advancement and Alumni Engagement Mike den Haan is inspired by his father's lifelong work to foster dialogue between people of various faith traditions.

Simon den Haan is a grade 6 student at University Highlands Elementary School. He is passionate about polar bears, politics, asking big questions, soccer and dogs.

The den Haan Family Semester in Dialogue award

One award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full-time in any faculty at SFU in the term of eligibility (Spring 2019)
  • Is in good academic standing
  • Has taken a Semester in Dialogue during the calendar year in which the applications are due (Spring, Summer or Fall Semesters of 2018)
  • Shows outstanding promise during their participation in the Semester in Dialogue

Consideration may be given to the applicant's GPA and/or their completed capstone project.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the recommendation of the Director, SFU Semester in Dialogue.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Application Form

Past recipients


Janani Ravikularam (left)
and Katrina Koehn (right)

Valerie Lemmie Semester in Dialogue conference award

The Valerie Lemmie Semester in Dialogue Conference Award was created to offer Semester in Dialogue students the opportunity to attend a dialogue conference. From September 5-7, 2018, the International Association for Public Participation Conference (IAP2) is coming to Victoria, BC. The IAP2 conference aims to grow the culture of public participation and will be attended by current international dialogue and engagement practitioners. Recipients of the scholarship will attend the conference along with Centre for Dialogue staff.


  • Previous student in the Semester in Dialogue (participated between Spring 2016 - Summer 2018)
  • Showed outstanding promise during their participation in the Semester in Dialogue
  • Proven interest in future use of engagement and dialogue
  • Preference will be given to current university students, but university alumni are still eligible to apply

Award includes

  • Three day admission to the IAP2 Conference ($400 value)
  • $500 honorarium (to cover transportation, accommodation and food)

IAP2 Conference website
IAP2 Conference schedule

Deadline: July 30, 2018

Application Form

Past recipients


Iva Jankovic (left)

Ali Versi (center)

Rian Bevan (right)

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Semester in Dialogue 2016 brochure