Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at SFU: May in Review

May 31, 2023

We have welcomed the summer semester and are excited to continue working towards a more equitable and inclusive campus environment for all. Here is a snapshot of what the Equity Office has been up to in May.

Days of Significance

In May, we observed several days of significance across the university. This included Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, Mental Health Week, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), International Day of Families, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, World. Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Anti-Racism Awareness Week BC, Africa Day and BC AccessAbility Week. 

Asian Heritage Month

Our annual Asian Heritage Month roundup of events and stories, sharing Asian heritage, culture and contributions across SFU. 

Jewish Heritage Month

Our inaugural Jewish Heritage Month page sharing events and resources to celebrate Jewish heritage and culture. This page also includes resources for those experiencing antisemitism. 

Equity Compass

We are currently working on our implementation plans and identifying co-leads for the first year of the Equity Compass. We will be sharing more information in the fall, including details on how to get involved. 

Memorandum of Understanding with Simon Fraser Student Society

We continue to actively pursue completion of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) that allows SFU to intervene on incidents within SFSS that affect students under SFU policies GP 47 (Bullying and Harassment) and GP 18 (Human Rights) as well as GP 44 (Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention, Education and Support) as previously established. This MOU is a partnership with SFSS, given that SFSS is independent of SFU’s legal jurisdiction and SFU cannot take over their leadership, governance or operations without specific agreement and their consensus. The draft MOU is currently with the SFSS and progressing through their internal review process. We are hopeful that the MOU will be advanced and finalized over the summer. The MOU covers the conduct of individual students, not the SFSS at large.

EDI-related supports are available

We recognize that the pace of change and local and global current affairs continues to be challenging and has impacts for many in our community. If you are in need of support, please see our list of supports and services and reach out if you need help. 


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