Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at SFU: October in Review

October 30, 2023

At Simon Fraser University, we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where every member feels safe, accepted and appreciated.

SFU is actively working towards a more inclusive campus, dedicated to ensuring equity for all. Here is a glimpse into the initiatives undertaken by the Equity Office in October. 

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In the past month, the escalation of violence in the Middle East has impacted Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian students, faculty and staff and many other community members with connections to the region. Statements of support made by both President Joy Johnson and Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion Yabome Gilpin-Jackson re-emphasized that SFU stands against violence and hate.

We remind our community that all forms of discrimination and hate, including anti-semitism and Islamophobia which have both been on the rise in Canada in recent years, have no place at SFU. If you are in need of support during this time, whether to access care, report an incident or review resources, please see our list of identity-based and crises supports and reach out if you need help. For all other supports, see our community support page. We ask everyone in our community to do their part to uphold our SFU values and model equity and belonging by offering care to all at this time.

Bargaining Update: SFU and TSSU Reach Tentative Agreement

In the month of October, SFU made considerable progress in its ongoing efforts to foster a positive and productive work environment for all stakeholders. Central to this progress were the collective bargaining discussions held with employee groups, notably TSSU. As of October 19, 2023, a tentative agreement has been reached between SFU and TSSU. Gratitude is extended to all involved parties working to contribute to SFU's future as a thriving hub of knowledge and inclusivity. 

Days of Significance 

SFU's community observed several days of significance in October. Islamic History Month celebrated Canada's rich Muslim heritage, history and vast contributions to society. Also, Women’s History Month emphasized the remarkable achievements of women in STEM, the arts, politics, human rights, as well as the trailblazers who have made their mark throughout Canada's history. 


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