- 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
My response to the open letter from SFU faculty and staff
Thank you for your letter and for raising your concerns and suggestions. These issues are also on my mind, and I value the opportunity to hear from you and share some of my perspectives as well.
Over the past few months as COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to adults in BC, we have seen significant reduction in deaths and hospitalizations from the virus. Vaccination is the single most important thing each of us can to do protect ourselves and others. Despite this progress, COVID-19 cases will continue to occur.
As we are seeing, spread is increasing among those who are not fully vaccinated and vaccination rates are slowing. This is worrisome, but expected, and we are ready to shift protocols as required. Indeed, protocols have shifted regularly throughout the pandemic. We know that new guidance can be put in place swiftly when needed. As new directions as to how to operate safely on campus are provided, we will take action.
We are in constant contact with our health authority partners and the Provincial Health Office, and rely on their guidance and deep knowledge of the specific facts of how COVID-19 is being transmitted in BC to inform our decisions to keep the SFU community safe. For the foreseeable future we will remain in regular communication with public health leaders and in a state of readiness to shift protocols when needed.
We continue to take action ensuring the layers of protection are in place to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, including activities to encourage vaccination and improving ventilation. Fraser Health will provide vaccination clinics on campus to ensure ease of access for any students, faculty or staff who are not fully vaccinated when they arrive on campus. We are in discussions about mask requirements and will provide an update later this month.
This is challenging for all of us, particularly at this stage of the pandemic when we are eager to return to some normalcy. As individuals, we are at different stages in our personal journey with the pandemic. Many of us have experienced trauma, and must move through that in our own ways.
For our students, many have experienced a mental health crisis that will impact them for many years to come. A recent survey of university students in BC highlights the depths of this crisis, and reinforces that our students need to return to campus, they need to be with one another, and they need us to offer services and supports to help them find their way.
These are complicated truths. They required complicated responses.
We continue to navigate the current moment with a focus on keeping our community safe and supporting our students in every way. This moment calls on each of us to take action thoughtfully and with great compassion for one another.
Again, thank you for sharing your perspective. I appreciate hearing from you.