Summer 2021

First Indigenous and Black Graduate scholarship established for SFU biology graduate students - Department of Biological Sciences, July 7, 2021

The Department of Biological Sciences' Graduate Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee have established the first student-initiated Indigenous and Black scholarship for graduate students within the department.

National Indigenous History Month Lunch 'N' Learn - Office for Aboriginal Peoples, SFU Vancouver, SFU Surrey, Ceremonies & Events and Communications & Marketing, June 30, 2021

A panel of First Nations people, including Elder Margaret, Tim Michel and Ron Johnston, and Gabriel George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, spoke to their lived experiences with residential schools, what the schools symbolized, and shared what we can all do together to heal the wounds and commit more deeply to reconciliation.

Faculty of Health Sciences hosts Pride Month roundtable - Faculty of Health Sciences, June 25, 2021

On June 17, 2021, FHS assistant professor Travis Salway moderated a conversation with the 2SLGBTQ+ Roundtable, a community-based health research collaborative. This group of investigators and advocates shared stories of resilience in the 2SLGBTQ+ community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and discussed what cues and calls to action the cisgendered heterosexual majority might consider undertaking to be supportive.

Equity in Practice: Community Capacity Building - SFU Continuing Studies and SFU Public Square, June 22, 2021

SFU’s Community Capacity Building Certificate supports learners as they engage community and create a project to move forward a change they'd like to see in the world. This event featured inspiring stories from the most recent cohort of learners and emerging leaders working towards equity in their communities.

Drumming ceremony held on National Indigenous Peoples Day - Office for Aboriginal Peoples, SFU Surrey, MECS, Facilities Services & IT Services, June 21, 2021

The National Indigenous Peoples Day event hosted at SFU Surrey honoured the children discovered buried at a former Kamloops residential school in a drumming ceremony.

Researchers revive endangered Blackfoot language using digital technology - School of Computing Science, June 21, 2021

SFU researchers have created a new online resource to help people learn Blackfoot, an endangered language spoken since time immemorial by First Nations in what is now known as Alberta and Montana. More than 300 SFU computer science students contributed to the initiative, creating web-based chatbots as part of the final project for their undergraduate computer science course CMPT 120 – Intro to CS and Programming.

Chinese/Canadian Writing series builds bridge for cross-cultural understanding - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, May 2021

SFU professor Shuyu Kong co-hosted a unique online series of events: the "Chinese/Canadian Writing Speaker Series," in partnership with the David Lam Centre and Vancouver Public Library.

SFU hosts seventh Rosemary Brown Memorial Symposium on Women & Social Justice - Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and SFU Public Square, May 6, 2021

The seventh Rosemary Brown Memorial Symposium featured two distinguished speakers: Hon. Melanie Mark (MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, BC’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport) and Dr. June Francis (Associate Professor at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, Director of the Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement). 

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