welcome, dean's message

Welcome to Students for the Fall 2021 Semester!

September 08, 2021

As we transition this semester to in-person teaching and learning, I want to assure you that our first priority in the Faculty of Education is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We have been busy preparing for your arrival across our three campuses, and we are very excited to welcome you.

I understand that transitions are not easy for everyone. The pandemic has been a time of anxiety, stress and isolation for many people. It has also been a time of concern about the health and welfare of people close to us as well as concern for the many who have suffered illness and loss during this time. I want you to know that no matter what your personal circumstance might be, your education is important to us and we are here to support you. Please reach out to your Student Advisor or Program Assistant if you have any questions or concerns, and become familiar with the many supports that Student Services and Counselling Services have in place for students. 

Above all else, the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself and others is to get fully vaccinated. On SFU campuses, masks must be worn in all indoor common areas and learning spaces (including classrooms), and information about proof of vaccination and other COVID-19 related FAQs are available here.

At the Faculty of Education, we are committed to our core values of Equity, Indigeneity, and Culture of Inquiry. We are grateful to Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Holders for their stewardship of the lands on which our three campuses stand. By acknowledging the traditional owners of these lands, we remind ourselves of Canada‚Äôs longstanding colonial structures and systems and the need to take up our individual and collective responsibilities, humbly and respectfully, to an ongoing learning process of understanding Indigenous knowledge, histories, pedagogies, and ways of knowing and being. We do this by creating inclusive learning environments that are free from racism, injustice and systems of oppression and that promote flourishing and dignity for all.

I hope you will enjoy re-connecting with our campus community this semester. The Faculty of Education prides itself on our people-first approach and commitment to student well-being. You will encounter the most amazing and dedicated faculty and staff during your student journey. 

Wishing you a safe, productive and enjoyable learning experience this year!

Dr. Susan O'Neill
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Education