- 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?
- 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
Moving forward with kindness
These past weeks have been a whirlwind of activity! It is invigorating to see our campuses once again bustling with life and energy. I have enjoyed meeting many of you in SFU’s hallways, at events and ceremonies, and at our Fall 2021 Convocation—my first in-person convocation as president. I was filled with gratitude to see our students face-to-face and celebrate all they have managed to achieve under such extraordinary circumstances.
Although there has been much to celebrate this fall, there have also been moments of solemn reflection and remembrance. During the last week of September, we commemorated the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and held SFU’s first Truth and Reconciliation Week. I hope that each of you wore orange, attended one of the events held across our campuses and found ways to honour those impacted by Canada’s residential school system.
SFU has an obligation to educate and promote awareness about the tragic history and ongoing impact of residential schools, to recognize the legacy of colonization this institution has benefited from and to restore relationships with Indigenous communities through meaningful action. Reconciliation is work we must commit to year-round, not just on one day. You can read about our progress on this journey so far in our third annual Reconciliation Report.
All throughout the fall term, SFU will be sharing actions that each of us can take to create an inclusive campus environment as part of our Inclusion benefits us all initiative. I encourage you to spend a few moments today visiting the website and thinking about how you can help create a sense of belonging at SFU.
Moving forward into the term, I want to stress that transitioning back to campus has been a major adjustment, and everyone’s experience of the pandemic has been different. Thank you for continuing to follow health and safety guidelines during this transitionary period. This is what it means to take care of each other as a community.
Please continue taking care of yourselves and each other and treating each other with compassion, kindness and respect. And if I haven’t yet, I look forward to seeing you soon.