Diversity Meter 2019: Congratulations and next steps

February 20, 2020

This past November SFU launched its first Diversity Meter, an initiative designed to help us better understand and serve our community. With your help, we surpassed the average response rate we usually achieve for staff and faculty surveys, achieving a completion rate of 38.25%. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who completed the survey and participated in this important process.

What happens next

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is currently analyzing the data collected during Diversity Meter. In March, the CCDI will submit the combined results in a final report to SFU’s Executive Sub-committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This report will be made public and released on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

Moving forward, the report findings will allow the Executive Sub-Committee to make informed decisions about programs, policies, and practices to support the SFU community. The results of the Diversity Meter survey will be used to develop, improve, and evaluate equity, diversity, and inclusion-related programs, policies, and practices that support all members of the SFU community.

One example of a related program is Dimensions. SFU recently became a pilot institution for the federal Dimensions program, which aims to recognize post-secondary institutions who are working to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in their environments. The Diversity Meter data will help us identify, monitor, and evaluate gaps, barriers, and trends for the purpose of establishing objective, data-driven insights and goals to structure an equity, diversity and inclusion action plan.

Please stay tuned for future updates on the findings of Diversity Meter.

Once again, thank you for your participation in this ongoing initiative. Questions relating to Diversity Meter or EDI at SFU can be addressed to Theresa Burley at


Joy Johnson and the Executive Sub-Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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