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Towards Equity: 2021 Community Summit

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified inequities and exposed the deficiencies of our institutions. It has confirmed we must enact change and signaled that transformation is possible. What must we understand—and do—to recover equitably and reimagine our systems to confront the intersecting crises of inequality, systemic racism and climate change?

Towards Equity, SFU Public Square’s 2021 Community Summit Series, took place online throughout the year to bring the university into conversation with local and global communities. Join us to learn and take action together towards a more just, equitable and sustainable future.

Summit Events

  • Overcoming Digital Divides: Indigenous, Rural and Remote Communities

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Media + Information, Science + Techonology, Indigenous Voices

    Are recent public investments and policies sufficient to achieve digital inclusion of Indigenous, rural and remote communities? What Indigenous-specific needs must be addressed to secure digital inclusion?

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  • Zooming In: Education in 2021

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Education + Research, Equity + Justice

    Join the SFU Public Square Peer Ambassadors for a student-focused event on how to improve the online education experience under COVID-19.

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  • Overcoming Digital Divides: Low-Income Communities

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Media + Information, Science + Techonology

    Low-income communities continue to experience lower internet access, affordability, and quality. Canadians are at an all-time need for increased access to internet, computer, and tablet devices for e-learning and remote work.

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  • Innovations in Research

    2021, Summit Towards Equity

    Join us in a unique virtual environment using Gather to engage directly with SFU faculty, students, staff, alumni and community partners who are moving us Towards Equity with innovative research from a variety of fields and perspectives.

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  • Decolonizing Scottish Studies

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Education + Research, Equity + Justice

    This is the first in a series of events being organized by the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University

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  • Dean's Lecture on Information + Society

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Media + Information, Equity + Justice, Indigenous Voices

    We are pleased to partner with SFU Library to invite you to the Dean's Lecture on Information + Society: an evening of conversation with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

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  • The 2021 Spry Memorial Lecture

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Media + Information, Equity + Justice, Indigenous Voices

    Desmond Cole and Tanya Talaga, along with moderator Candis Callison, will consider recent attention over the escalation of commentary on the representation of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour; the structural challenges that currently impede calls for greater diversity; and how institutions and platforms can foster a more constructive dialogue.

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  • Overcoming Digital Divides: Older Adults and Digital Literacy

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Media + Information, Science + Techonology

    Older adults are less likely to use the internet than younger people in Canada, and many report that information technologies do not improve their quality of life or save time. The issue is more pertinent than ever under the pandemic.

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  • Rosemary Brown Memorial Symposium

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice

    Every year, to honour the important legacy of the late Rosemary Brown, SFU's Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (GSWS) brings together distinguished scholars, students, service providers, and the broader community together to speak on current issues of diversity, ongoing inequalities, and ways to create positive change.

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  • Researching for Climate Justice

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Climate + Environment, Equity + Justice

    Activists, researchers, policy-makers and solution-seekers come together to surface the challenges and opportunities of taking equity-informed approaches to climate research, solutions and policy development.

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  • Overcoming Digital Divides: People with Disabilities and Accessibility

    2021, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Summit Towards Equity, Science + Techonology, Media + Information

    The federal and provincial governments have taken some steps to improve internet accessibility and adoption among Canadians with disabilities, but there still remain substantial gaps with many facing barriers in accessing digital services.

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  • Overcoming Digital Divides: Public Internet Access

    2021, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Summit Towards Equity, Media + Information

    Join us to discuss how Canada can better support our public internet infrastructure for the marginalized communities who rely on them and for everyone.

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  • Equity in Practice: Community Capacity Building

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice, Community Building

    Join us to hear inspiring stories from the most recent cohort of SFU’s Community Capacity Building Certificate learners and their growth as emerging leaders working towards equity in their communities.

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  • Overcoming Digital Divides: Youth and Digital Skills

    2021, Series Overcoming Digital Divides, Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice, Media + Information

    Join us to discuss how Canada can better support our public internet infrastructure for the marginalized communities who rely on them and for everyone.

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  • Should a Just Recovery Include a Basic Income for B.C.?

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Economy, Equity + Justice, Future of Work

    At this event we will look at the recommendations and analysis of the Final Report of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income to ask: should a just recovery for all include a basic income?

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  • Equity in Practice: More Stories of Community Capacity Building

    Equity + Justice, 2021, Summit Towards Equity

    SFU’s Community Capacity Building Certificate supports learners as they engage community by sharing lived experiences and adopting new tools for building projects and movements. Learners deepen their relationships with themselves, their communities and the land to create a project and move forward a change they’d like to see in the world.

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  • Mapping Equity: Using GIS and Maps to Make Invisible Realities Visible

    2021, Equity + Justice, Summit Towards Equity

    Maps are great tools to bring together a massive amount of data and share it in a format everyone is familiar with. They are also a unique tool to bring unnoticeable realities—including realities of inequality—to visible patterns. This 90-minute workshop will introduce you to how to make a thematic map that highlights an equity indicator.

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  • Hope in Resistance: Stories of Climate Justice

    Equity + Justice, 2021, Climate + Environment, Summit Towards Equity

    SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to present Hope in Resistance, featuring Melina Laboucan-Massimo, co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action; Anjali Appadurai, climate justice lead at Sierra Club BC; and Naisha Khan, co-founder of Banking on a Better Future, in a conversation moderated by Nahlah Ayed (host of Ideas on CBC Radio One).

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  • Property, Home and Precarity: From Street Sweeps to Housing Justice

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Cities, Equity + Justice

    As part of our Classroom Partnership Program, senior SFU geography students will present their work on housing vulnerability in Vancouver, focusing on rental evictions, street sweeps, rental financialization, and housing justice movements.

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Articles and Resources

  • On Equity: Interview Series

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice

    The On Equity interview series is a companion to the public events of Towards Equity, our 2021 Community Summit Series. They mobilize the knowledge of our partners, collaborators and others working on issues of equity and justice.

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  • Towards Equity Resources

    2021, Summit Towards Equity

    Books, lectures and more on the topic of equity.

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  • Towards Equity Advisory Committee

    Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice

    Given the complexity of the issues surrounding inequity, SFU Public Square has convened an Advisory Committee for its 2021 Community Summit series.

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Partners

The 2021 Community Summit is made possible by the generous support of our community partners.