News and stories

Updates about the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition and stories from past and current participants.

  • Hands-on for impact

    Zahra Haq and Angela Ang won an Engagement Award in the 2017-18 Student Community Engagement Competition to implement Eco Endeavours, an after school care program focussed on the environment. Check out what they learned as they implemented their program. Read more

  • Congratulations to this year’s winners!

    March 13, 2019

    Thanks to financial contributions by Blackwood Partners, SFU and the City of Surrey, a total of $17,000 has been awarded to fund these student-community engagement projects.  Read more

  • On power and engagement – an interview with Aslam Bulbulia (excerpted)

    November 06, 2018

    SFU’s Student Engage podcast caught up with Aslam Bulbulia – SCEC finalist for his project “Masculinity Dialogues” – in September, for an incredible conversation about impact, power, language and engagement. Aslam’s ongoing commitment to equity and justice is inspiring. Read more

  • Herbert’s story: how one shopping cart made a difference.

    October 29, 2018

    In 2015 two “two-footers” reimagined how a shopping cart might make a meaningful difference to the residents of Surrey Centre. Kate Elliot and Tammas Grogan won the 2015 Student-Community Engagement Competition for their project, Gro-Carts. And for shopping carts like Herbert, it was a destiny-changing project. Read more

  • Don’t wait for perfection – jump in

    October 22, 2018

    Community-engaged projects can be surprising. But as Shantelle Medel shares with us, “It is better to jump in and encounter the imperfections than be paralyzed by trying to achieve perfection.” It’s messy work, but worth it.  Read more

  • Congratulations to our 2017-18 finalists and winners

    April 16, 2018

    The passion, creativity and ingenuity of SFU students continues to shine, exemplified yet again by the outstanding project presentations that took place at this year’s SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition final awards. Read more

  • Discover what’s possible when university students and communities work together to make positive local change!

    February 06, 2018

    The 2017 Student-Community Engagement Competition (SCEC) Awards Nights are here! Over the winter break, difficult decisions were made, but 9 projects were selected as finalists, each earning the opportunity to compete for an award to help put their innovative project plans into action. Read more

  • Wow! Over 80 registered and 27 ideas submitted

    December 05, 2017

    It’s clear that SFU’s growing reputation as Canada’s leading engaged university owes a lot of its momentum to SFU’s incredible students. Read more

  • A bit of passion and commitment

    October 19, 2017

    We don’t often focus on the impact that a community engagement project has on its creators. But whether it helps you clarify your goals or just gives you a little bit more hope for what can be accomplished in the world, as Jennifer Dao, program manager for Media Minds, shares with us: even a little inspiration can go a long, long way. Read more

  • Reflections on a community health engagement program

    October 11, 2017

    Iris Lesser won the Engagement Award during the 2015 SFU Student Community Engagement Competition for her Bhangra in the Park proposal, a project inspired by her doctoral work at SFU. We asked Iris to reflect on her experiences in the hope that her story might help any of you who are inspired to create meaningful social change. Read more