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SFU's Vancity Office of community engagement

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement supports creative engagement, knowledge democracy and public programming in the areas of 1) arts, culture and community 2) social and environmental justice and 3) urban issues, through public talks, dialogues, workshops, screenings, performances, community partnerships and community-engaged research. SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement provides community educational opportunities for local residents, access to artist talks and cultural events and builds partnerships with community organizations. The Office opened in December 2010 and engages over 16,000 people per year in-person and digitally. Working with students, faculty and community, the Office is committed to long term relationship building and creative collaborations between the university and the community, in all its diverse formations and recognizes the arts as a catalyst in social change and transformative community engagement as part of our social mission to be an anchor institution in Vancouver. 

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement is an educational, cultural and community building resource that engages diverse communities. The Office is committed to challenging the status quo in the tradition of the public mission of SFU to be the most community engaged university in the world. Our work is supported by SFU and external funders such as Vancity Credit Union and the Goldcorp Community Endowment.

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement defines Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation as "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

Audio and Video Gallery

Watch our past events! This video archive of past lectures, podcast episodes and public programming events consists of over 300 events, captured as educational resources to be used by SFU Library.


Below the Radar is a podcast produced by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests.

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement's blog features event reviews, community partnerships, and upcoming programming. 

Selected media coverage of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and our partners.


Community partnerships developed through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement have been essential to carrying out our programming, building relationships, and creating lasting impacts for students, community organizations, and neighbourhood residents.

Here are some organizations and university departments that are involved in innovative community engagement practices. We aim to foster learning exchanges with partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Photo Gallery

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement organizes and co-produces many events each year. This photo gallery highlights some of our most memorable moments from the last few years.

Want to stay connected with us, learn more about upcoming programming, and meet other like-minded people in your community? Join our Facebook group so that you never miss an event, update, or connection!