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Student volunteers at SFU Public Square's 2019 Community Summit on Confronting the Disinformation Age

About Our Volunteer Program

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During your time as a volunteer, you will make contributions both on-campus and at events in the community. We believe learning is two-way; you will learn from us and we will learn from you as knowledge and skills are shared amongst our diverse team.

As a volunteer you will help to support our events, host tables at SFU and other events such as our annual Community Summit. You will learn valuable tools such as communications, facilitation, note taking, event planning and promotion, as well as data management and interpersonal strategies. Best of all, you'll get credit on your SFU Co-Curricular Record!

Whether you are a natural born ‘people person’ who loves to interact or someone who would rather support from behind the scenes, your contribution will be valued.

Want to get involved? All are welcome. Community members without a connection to SFU are welcome to apply!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a Place to Volunteer? 

SFU Public Square is looking for volunteers for its upcoming community summit!

Each year, SFU Public Square hosts a collection of events on a topic of pressing concern. SFU Public Square’s 8th Community Summit will create space to confront economic and social inequalities in our society. Together, we will develop a shared understanding of inequalities and co-create solutions for a more equitable, just and prosperous society for all.

Our Community Summits would not be possible without our volunteers. They bring invaluable energy and diverse perspectives. In return, they gain skills and experience with community engagement, events and communications – all in support of Overcoming Inequality.

The Community Summit will take place April 1-9th with events mostly taking place during the evening. Your help will be invaluable. We will reach out to you with specific event details as they are finalized and you will get a chance to let us know which events you are available for. Please know you do not have to volunteer for all events. 

While this opportunity is open to everyone, SFU students will also develop credit on their SFU Co-Curricular Record for over 10 hours of volunteer work! 

Making Our Way Home: Book Launch & Curated Conversation w/ Blair Imani

SAT, FEB 22| 12:00 - 5:00 PM
312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T2

Blair Imani, activist, writer and historian, brings her second illustrated tome of radical history, Making Our Way Home, to Vancouver in time for Black History Month! This event celebrates Imani’s wisdom and authorship as well as invites local Black activists Stepanie Allen, Udokam Iroegbu and Oliva Lucas for  an intimate dialogue on the parallel but different histories of Black Canadians, moderated by Cicely Belle Blain. Learn more.

Volunteers like you make events like this possible! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to attend the event, assist with general event logistics and gain valuable knowledge and experience.

A Neuroengineering Lens into Treatment of Youth Mental Health and Addiction w/ Dr. Faranak Farzan

TUES, FEB 25 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Room 1002, SFU Sustainable Energy Building
10285 University Drive, Surrey

This lecture is part of the President’s Faculty Lecture Series. 

It is estimated that one in every five North American youths is affected by a mental illness. Unfortunately, current treatments are too often a trial-and-error process and cause side effects in a large minority.

To tackle these challenges, Dr. Faranak Farzan works at the cross section of engineering and neuroscience to study the human brain as a circuit. Join her as she shares her research into new diagnostic and treatment solutions for mental illnesses such as youth depression and addiction. 

Volunteer for this great event and help us out with event logistics, registration, tech support, and more. 

The Shakespeare Conspiracy w/ Dr. Paul Budra

TUES, MARCH 10 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

This lecture is part of the President’s Faculty Lecture Series. 

William Shakespeare lived in an era of conspiracy. Plots were laid against both the monarchs who reigned during Shakespeare’s lifetime and his plays depict conspiracies both murderous and comic. We live in an era of conspiracy theories: vaccinations, 911, and even the shape of our planet have been subject to elaborate and often paranoid belief systems. Shakespeare himself, unique among world authors, is the subject of such a conspiracy theory. The contrast between that theory and the conspiracies in Shakespeare’s age and plays can, I will argue, provide insight into the rhetoric and strategies of the modern conspiratorial imagination.

Volunteer with us and get an opportunity to help out with event logistics, gain valuable volunteer experience and learn more about Shakespeare and the modern conspiratorial imagination.

SFU Public Square is always looking for office volunteers. 

This position is an excellent starting place for individuals who would like to experience community engagement in a professional office environment. The office assistant will provide general office support including; maintaining online databases, populating websites and newsletters, capturing and organizing notes from facilitated sessions, transcribing audio and video, helping prepare for events and other duties as needed. This position is a great opportunity to enter the arena of public dialogue, and will provide skills in event planning, communications, and design.

Meet our Volunteers
 

QUEENIE TRAN

"I first came across SFU Public Square as they had nifty and interesting community events that I had attended. Then, one day, I decided to throw my name into their e-mail newsletter list and applied for a volunteer position at an event. I enjoyed my experience and interaction with the staff members and community whilst volunteering and continued ever since. What makes SFU Public Square such a dandy place to be? It is a space in which you can build social capital, advance your interpersonal and administrative skills, and optimize your university experience. It is a symbiotic combination of a convivial and professional environment. Staff are accommodating and supportive of their volunteers as well as provide informative instructions for daily duties. It has been overall a splendid experience with SFU Public Square."

KAREN DAR WOON

"In recent years, I’ve changed from being an Interested Member of the Community to one who is engaged in the planning, research and execution of events through SFU Public Square. Introduced to programing through subscription to SFU Centre for Dialogue, I began volunteering with the Youth Summit in 2014. I saw an opportunity to learn more large organizational behaviour, and decided to become an in-office volunteer for SFU Public Square.


Being a regular volunteer with the SFU Public Square office provides me an opportunity to develop skills around research, communications and interpersonal relationships. Because the people include a range of ages, skills, and interests, I can learn something new, almost every day. Continuing to volunteer with SFU Public Square aligns with my personal development goals to increase my awareness of public policy discussions, and to develop new skills. One of the most fun skills I’ve learned: how to use live streaming social media. Sometimes I feel like an outsider, as I’ve no prior relationship with SFU; but the community is open and welcoming, and we all support each other."

HENRY TRAN

"When you’re volunteering for SFU Public Square, your supervisor and co-workers don’t view you as a volunteer, but rather, they view you as an active member of the community. They are there to support you every steps of the way; and help you develop your leadership skills and discover your leadership potentials. 

From the community engagement events and to the city dialogues, you get to learn about the social issues that occur in our community and the work that is being done to combat them. As an aspiring medical student, SFU Public Square has helped me gain the experiential skills that are seldom offered in classrooms and allowed me to connect closely with people from all walks of life. The experience that comes from volunteering with SFU Public Square is truly invaluable and I can attest that!"

SARAH DUGGAN

"I really enjoy volunteering for SFU Public Square because it allows me to get more involved in events both on campus and in our community. The events I have attended are topical and focus on participation and dialogue, which connects to what I am learning in my certificate in Sustainable Community Development. I have had a lot of fun also practicing and developing skills in graphic and website design and event photography. The volunteer and staff team are all extremely welcoming and the office space is a very positive and supportive space to work!"

 

CHARANVEER SAHOTA 

"Volunteering with SFU Public Square has been invaluable, and by far my most favourite volunteer experience! I have had the opportunity to make new friends, work with many inspiring individuals and become more active within the community.  If you’d like to improve your research, planning and networking skills, SFU Public Square is for you.

Overall, this experience has really helped me develop skills required to become successful. Things that would normally put me out of my comfort zone have become easy. I was able to learn what I was truly capable of. Thank you SFU Public Square!"

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If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact us at: publicsq@sfu.ca.

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