Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


SFU becomes an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

September 05, 2017

Universities are places where innovative ideas are generated, important dialogues are nurtured, and great initiatives emerge. At SFU, we are proud to support and inspire the next generation of change-makers, and to help them find ways to build a better society.  

This is why we are thrilled to have been designated an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus – the first in BC and one of less than 50 in the world.

Ashoka U is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and change-makers. Member institutions are committed to working together to transform higher education and advance change-making across all sectors.

This designation recognizes SFU’s leadership in social innovation and community engagement, and supports our vision to be Canada’s “engaged university.”

The diversity of change-making at SFU involves students, faculty and staff in a variety of programs and initiatives. Examples include:

  • The Passport to Leadership, which helps students develop foundational skills for change-making;
  • Canada’s first Master of Education in Arts for Social Change founded by Ashoka Fellow Judith Marcuse;
  • The SFU Sustainability Office which began as a grass roots movement and has worked to establish the University as a leader in sustainability practices.

Social innovation is also a key pillar of SFU Innovates – our university-wide innovation strategy which is dedicated to mobilizing knowledge and developing leaders with the objective of building a stronger, healthier and more sustainable society.

To find out more about change-making at SFU, be sure to visit the SFU Innovates booths during the Week of Welcome (September 6 in Convocation Mall, Burnaby; September 7 in the Harbour Centre main foyer; September 8 in the mezzanine, Surrey). 

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all those who worked so hard to gain Ashoka Changemaker status for SFU – many of whom celebrated at Trout Lake Park last week. [Photo credit: Ash Tanasiychuk]