- 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
Statement on scholar strike
A central role of universities and their members is to address pressing societal issues. As critical thinkers who seek to improve our society, members of our community will not only participate in these conversations, but lead and advance them.
The Canadian Scholar Strike will take place on September 9 and 10 to draw attention to anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and social and systemic injustice. For these two days, some scholars will choose to pause teaching and administrative duties, and use this time to organize public digital teach-ins on police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Other scholars may choose to incorporate these issues in their classrooms through teaching and discussion.
SFU condemns anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and racism and institutional brutality in all forms. We respect the right of faculty, staff and students to engage in political activity, and to extend their time, skills and expertise to comment on critical issues of social justice.
I extend my gratitude to those who are giving their time and expertise to hold these critical conversations, and acknowledge that more needs to be done to advance this work inside our own institution. As I begin my term as President of SFU, I reaffirm my commitment to continuing to address all forms of exclusion at SFU.