- The President
- About Joy
- Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson named SFU’s first Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion
- Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis joins SFU in advisory role on Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation
- A World of Difference: How universities must evolve in a post-COVID world
- Russian invasion of Ukraine
- SFU: What's Next?
- Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples day
- Please join us for the annual appreciation BBQ
- SFU begins process to become Living Wage Employer
- Staying engaged in an increasingly polarized world
- SFU: What's Next? - Message from the President to Faculty and Staff
- SFU: What's Next? - Message from the President to students
- Search Announcement: Provost and Vice-President Academic
- 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
- Thank you!
- Temporary shift to remote learning January 10 – 23, 2022
- 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
- President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award
- Strategic Plan
- How to participate
- What we're hearing
- April 4, 2022: Updates and reflections
- April 19, 2022: Updates and reflections
- SFU: What’s Next? phase one results now available
- Research assistants shape SFU: What’s Next? analysis
- SFU: What’s Next? – Message from the President to Faculty and Staff
- SFU: What’s Next? – Message from the President to Students
- Search announcement: Provost and Vice-President Academic
- SFU: What’s Next? Phase 2 results now available
- Executive Searches
SFU: What’s Next? – Message from the President to Faculty and Staff
I hope you’ve all had a great start to the term.
Since we launched SFU: What’s Next? in March, I’ve spent many hours reading feedback from and listening to faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners on the future of SFU.
Thank you for your participation in this process to date. Over the summer, a team of research assistants and our external research partners got to work synthesizing and summarizing feedback from phase one of the community conversations. To view the results and learn more about our research methodology, you can visit the SFU: What’s Next? website.
From my perspective, this work paints a clear picture. We received remarkably consistent feedback from across the university about the changes that need to happen moving forward.
Some of my major takeaways include:
- A need to clearly state the university’s commitment to education and research
- Support for the success of and equity for students, faculty and staff
- Focus on addressing pressing operational challenges
- Clarification of what is meant by engagement, and the importance of engagement to our academic purpose
- A deeply felt community commitment to reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization
- Continuing to use our strengths to advance social justice, inclusion and climate action
These are big ideas, and they will take time to operationalize. But I am confident that this community-driven process, and the subsequent strategic framework, will give us a mechanism to focus our attention on the areas that matter. Let me be clear: we hear you, and it’s on me, Wade and the senior leadership team (VPs and Deans) to deliver results and bring these changes to life.
I am happy to share that we are already beginning to work on some of these pieces—for example, we are the first public university in the country to seek certification as a Living Wage Employer—an idea that came forward during phase one of SFU: What’s Next? with strong community support. And SFU’s Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem, Wade Parkhouse, has joined me as a sponsor in this work to offer leadership as we recenter the academic mission of the university.
As we continue community conversation activities through the fall term, I look forward to sharing back more of what we’re hearing as we endeavor to develop a strategic plan that is representative of our vibrant SFU community.
Wade and I would love to hear what you think about the phase one results and takeaways—you can share your thoughts by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you will also join Wade and me at the upcoming SFU: What’s Next? town halls to share feedback, taking place for faculty on Nov. 7 and staff on Nov. 8. Please mark your calendars!
I look forward to hearing from you and continuing the conversation about What’s Next for SFU. Thank you for your participation so far, and best wishes for a successful term.
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President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University