- Strategic Plan
- The President
- About Joy
- Statement on academic freedom
- Welcome back faculty and staff
- Welcome back students
- Statement on scholar strike
- Reflections on my first 30 days
- Taking care of ourselves, taking care of each other
- Equity, diversity and inclusion commitments
- Statement on SFU's Athletics Team Name Change
- Finding connection in times of adversity
- Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
- Op-ed: SFU helping drive social, economic innovation in time of crisis
- Welcome new SFU students
- UPDATED Jan. 6: My response to Dec. 11 event in SFU dining hall
- Celebrating Black History Month
- The University’s Role and Contributions to a Just Recovery Over the Next Decade
- Inspired by meetings with SFU Faculty and Staff
- Looking forward to Summer and Fall
- Opinion: This is why SFU is backing the Burnaby Mountain gondola
- External Review of December 11, 2020 Event
- Facing the future with hope
- President's statement on TransMountain Expansion Project and support for a fire hall on Burnaby mountain
- The road ahead
- Stronger Together: SFU, the pandemic and lessons for a better future
- SFU to observe moment of silence at 2:15 PM today
- Taking action: Reconciliation at SFU
- Join SFU President Joy Johnson for a tour of Burnaby campus
- Message from the President: Residential school findings
- Dr. June Francis appointed Special Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism
- My response to the open letter from SFU faculty and staff
- Resources and ways to support scholars in Afghanistan
- BC Vaccine Card
- Masks required on all SFU campuses, vaccine card required for residence, athletics, dining, events and others
- Vaccine declaration and follow-up screening at SFU
- Return to campus planning updates
- Welcome Back
- Work to review contract vs. in-house cleaning and food services
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- SFU and SFSS united in commitment to climate action
- Inclusion benefits us all
- Moving forward with kindness
- SFU commits to full divestment from fossil fuels
- Safety on SFU's campuses
- Executive Searches
Ongoing support for SFU students during the pandemic
Throughout my time as pres-archiveident of SFU, I have never ceased to be impres-archivesed by the extraordinary talents and limitless potential of our students. Most recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, they have demonstrated remarkable determination, dedication and resilience.
It has not been easy. I have heard from many students who are concerned about paying the bills, finding work, travelling home to another province or country – and of course, about challenges associated with continuing their studies. At the same time, having spoken with staff in Student Services and other parts of the university, and visited our frontline workers in Health and Counselling and SFU Residences, I can attest to how devoted all of us at SFU are to supporting students. In particular, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that educational quality is maintained and that students have the support they need to succeed during these difficult times.
Recognizing the challenges brought on by the current crisis, Student Services is offering a variety of resources – from assistance finding co-op work placements, to help with online learning resources, to support for international students, to providing mental health programs and services (including My SSP and Here2Talk, which offer 24/7 virtual counselling in multiple languages free to all SFU students).
We created an SFU Student Urgent Response Fund which has grown to over $350,000. To date, drawing upon this and other funds, SFU has provided over $3.2 million in emergency aid to domestic and international students in need. We continue to offer significant bursary support for undergraduate and graduate students, and are the only Canadian institution to offer bursaries to international students.
We’ve also joined with other universities in advocating to governments on behalf of students impacted by COVID-19. One major outcome was the $9 billion student support package announced by the federal government in April that doubles student grants for the next academic year to $6,000 and adds almost $2 billion to the Canada Student Loans Program. This will significantly reduce the cost of post-secondary education for domestic students this year. And our advocacy continues. BC’s research universities recently pres-archiveented four urgent recommendations to the Province on behalf of students: increased emergency financial assistance; mental health supports; resources for online learning; and increased graduate scholarship funding.
Through SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE), we continue to provide guidance and support to instructors and students engaged in online learning, thereby improving dramatically the quality of remote instruction. In addition, SFU’s Health Promotion team has partnered with CEE to help instructors ensure that student well-being is protected in the remote learning experience, and Student Services has assisted students who need equipment in order to participate in remote learning.
Heading into the Fall semester, steps are underway to enable more on-campus research, and decisions have been made to allow a limited number of in-person classes where it is safe to do so and, as in some lab courses, in-person teaching is essential to learning outcomes.
Finally, recognizing the vital role that education can play in post-pandemic recovery, I continue to urge governments to pursue economic recovery strategies that harness the capacities of universities to develop human capital, increase social equity and advance climate goals.
Education is the best insurance against economic uncertainty, and Canada will require a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce to help rebuild our economy as we come out of this crisis. At SFU, we will continue to do all we can to support our students – during the crisis and beyond.