EDI Advisory Council

The mandate of SFU's 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


The EDI Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the President. Co-chaired by Joy Johnson, president and vice-chancellor, and Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, vice-president, people, equity and inclusion, the Council is composed of members including faculty, staff and students from a diverse representation of lived experiences, career and education stages. EDI Advisory Council members work together to consider the needs of the entire university and serve as EDI champions.

The Council recently formalized Dorothy Cucw-la7 Christian as Auntie/Elder-in-Council to support Council with territorial acknowledgements, providing teachings, and to advise on the overall indigenization of the Council meetings this year.

Members of the executive subcommittee and administrative group serve as ex-officio members. The final approval of the slate of the advisory council will be made by the SFU Executive.

The term of the EDI Advisory Council is one year.

2023 Appointees


Rachel Fouladi
Maya Gislason
Adel Iskandar
Paul Li
Lesley Shannon
Venecia Williams
Natahnee Winder


Dorothy Cucw-la7 Christian (Elder-in-Council)
Rana Hakami
Alda O'Grady
Judy Smith
Dal Sohal
Nadia Van
Leah Wiener


Evan Accettola
Tiara Cash
Olivia Nieves Echevarria
Nathan Grandjambe
Berthier Kyobela
Christina Lam
Sonia Orlu
Vicki Parnell
Grace Shaw
Carolyn Tinglin

Meeting Schedule

The Advisory Council will meet three to four times a year. The 2023 meeting schedule for the Advisory Council is as follows:

  • Fri, Apr 21 from 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
  • Wed, Jul 5 from 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 15 from 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
  • Wed, Feb 14 from 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

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