About the Equity Office

The Equity Office is dedicated to promoting, leading, coordinating, and supporting efforts to transform the SFU experience through integrating progressive people practices that centre equity. We envision Simon Fraser University as a model of inclusive excellence where equity is woven into the fabric of the university, making it a standard institutional practice and tradition. The Equity Office is at the forefront of this transformation. By translating the university's value of equity and belonging into tangible actions as outlined in the Equity Compass, we guide the institution towards a more inclusive future and ensure a sustainable and holistic approach to inclusivity.

Please reach out to us if you are seeking guidance on establishing an equity committee, conducting an EDI assessment, setting EDI objectives, or for consultation. 

Equity Office (general email):

Paola Ardiles Gamboa, PhD
Senior Advisor to the Vice President, People, Equity and Inclusion (Equity and Well-Being Initiatives)

Naz Babaeipanah, BBA, M.Ed
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
Strategic Initiatives

Jennifer Kandjii, PhD
Director, EquityDiversity and Inclusion
Student Services               

Suman Jiwani, MSc
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Faculty Initiatives

Laya Behbahani
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Staff Initiatives

Opeyemi Omiwale, BSc, M.Sc.
Equity Compass Research Assistant

Equity Compass  

The university recently launched the Equity Compass, SFU’s first strategic equity plan. The Compass outlines the focus for SFU’s institutional EDI work over the next five years, including core definitions for EDI, statements of purpose, vision and principles and key strategic goals that will support a cohesive approach to transforming the SFU experience for our students, faculty, staff and community. 

What we're working towards: 

  1. Respect, Inclusion and Belonging Culture & Structures
  2. Accountability, Leadership and Governance
  3. Education and Capacity-Building
  4. Employment and Pay Equity
  5. Equity Data 

The Equity Compass actions will be worked on at the institutional level, led, supported or coordinated by SFU’s inaugural Equity Office. 

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Advisory Council

The mandate of the EDI Advisory Council is to strengthen our commitment to fostering inclusive workplaces and learning environments, and equitable opportunities for all.

Specific responsibilities of the Advisory Council are to provide advice and guidance to the President and Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion on the following:

  • high-level, strategic reflections on EDI-related priorities
  • communication strategies and outreach
  • data collection and analysis
  • programs and policies
  • opportunities and systemic barriers
  • university responsibilities

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Students, staff and faculty can access equity, diversity and inclusion supports.

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