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equity, diversity and inclusion at sfu

Learn about the university’s EDI priorities, commitments and some of the people behind the work. 

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Engagement

From the Refugee Livelihood Lab, meet the 2021 Migrant Systems Change Leadership Certificate Cohort

This program is the first certificate of its kind offered by RADIUS’ Refugee Livelihood Lab, which will work alongside these inspiring individuals to unpack and centre foundational concepts related to equity, racial justice, Indigenous rights and decolonization through a collaborative process. 

Meet the 2021 cohort

SFU builds on anti-racism work with new partnership

SFU’s new partnership with the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network, a program funded by the Province of B.C., will support the network’s province-wide approach to identifying and challenging racism. 

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Sterling Prize recipient challenges racism and role of museums in era of reconciliation

In an era of reconciliation, museums are being called on by Indigenous professionals like Sdahl K’awaas (also known as Lucy Bell) to be more accountable, anti-racist places. 

Sdahl K’awaas is the recipient of SFU’s 2021 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her bravery in calling out racism in the heritage field and advocating for change.

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SFU Public Square Community Summit 2021: Towards Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified inequities and exposed the deficiencies of our institutions. The Summit Series will take place online and will bring the university into conversation with local and global communities to learn and take action together towards a more just, equitable and sustainable future. 

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Research

SRP Challenge 1: Addressing environmental concerns and creating a sustainable future. 

Our aim in addressing this challenge is to focus on understanding perceptions, advancing strategies and developing interventions to improve our collective welfare and ensure a sustainable future.

Download SFU's Strategic Research Plan to learn more.

Climate Research Initiatives

SFU has an active climate change research program. Areas of research include greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable energy systems, climate change impacts, and adaptation to climate change. SFU is also part of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

Living Lab

The Living Lab facilitates sustainability-themed research at SFU by creating structured collaborations between staff, faculty and graduate students. The program aims to provide opportunities for applied research and experiential learning that improve the sustainability of SFU's three campus communities where we study, work and live. 

Facts and Figures

  • 346 research publications relating to SDG 10, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 269 research projects related to SDG 10 were funded from 2016 - 2020

 

Teaching and Learning

First Indigenous and Black Graduate scholarship established for SFU biology graduate students

Grassroots activism has been a trademark of SFU since its inception in the turbulent 60’s, and a group of graduate students are carrying on the tradition with the establishment of a student-initiated Indigenous and Black scholarship for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Uggla Family Scholarship

SFU’s largest gift creates unprecedented scholarship to empower equity-deserving students. The gift will establish the Uggla Family Scholarship for students who may not otherwise be able to afford a university education and address social mobility, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Major investment in French-language education at SFU

SFU will receive more than $8.3 million in federal and provincial government funding to support access to French-language education.

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Facts and Figures

  • 13 courses relating to SDG 10, representing 2,157 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic years

 

Operations

‘A home away from home’: SFU welcomes announcement of First Peoples’ Gathering House

Plans for a ceremonial space for the SFU community to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and culture are underway. SFU’s First Peoples’ Gathering House will open on SFU’s Burnaby campus in 2023.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion advisory council

The mandate of the EDI Advisory Council is to develop an aspirational vision for EDI at SFU that will guide and strengthen our commitment to fostering inclusive workplaces and learning environments, and equitable opportunities for all. 

Specific responsibilities of the Advisory Council are to provide advice and guidance to the President on the following: 

  • developing an aspirational vision statement for EDI at SFU high-level;
  • strategic reflections on EDI-related priorities;
  • communication strategies and outreach;
  • data collection and analysis;
  • programs and policies;
  • opportunities and systemic barriers; and
  • university responsibilities.

Learn more about SFU’s ongoing commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion