2018 Community Engagement Initiative funded proposals announced

July 03, 2018

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce our six funded FASS proposals for SFU's 2018 Community Engagement Initiative.

The Community Engagement Initiative offers small grants to catalyze community-university impact through the practice of respectful, mutually-beneficial research, learning and service. In its first four years, $500,000 has been allocated in support of 81 community-university projects with the average grant amount of $6,172.84 per funded project and a maximum funding of $10,000 per proposal.

Successful proposals from FASS include:

  • “GeroHacks – Addressing Social Isolation and Ageism Among Older Adults” by Habib Chaudury, Gerontology
  • “Exploring an SFU Partnership with the North Coast Innovation Lab” by Alexander Karaivanov, Economics
  • “Creating Vancouver Community Laboratories (VanCoLabs):  Community-based research on parenting and child development” by Michelle Kline, Psychology
  • “Engaging Art from an Ecological Perspective:  A Community Learning Project” by Shuyu Kong, Humanities and Asia-Canada Program
  • “Digital Plant Walk” by Bryan Myles, The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies
  • “Natural Bow-making Workshop” Rudy Reimer, Archeology and First Nations Studies

Matthew Grant, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, says, "the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences represented the highest share of funded proposals by faculty this year."