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Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

SFU is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted and appreciated in learning, teaching, research and work. We are privileged to do this work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem peoples. 

Universities like SFU originate from eurocentrism, colonialism and bureaucracies that reinforce systems of power and privilege and leave many on the margins. These systemic barriers prevent individuals from feeling accepted, from being their true selves and from accessing the resources and privileges that can make the university experience such a transformative one.

Though there are strengths to build on, SFU must take further steps to dismantle these structures and systems as we journey towards building a more inclusive and equitable community. In order to make change, the university is committed to continual growth, action and accountability in its practices and policies.

SFU's values

Our values:

  • We are an open, inclusive university whose foundation is intellectual and academic freedom.
  • Our scholarship unites teaching and research: we celebrate discovery, diversity and dialogue.
  • Our students and communities can expect teaching that is personal and learning opportunities that are lifelong.
  • We champion the liberal arts and sciences and pioneering interdisciplinary and professional programs.
  • We are a university where risks can be taken and bold initiatives embraced.
  • Upon these foundations, we will engage all our communities in building a robust and ethical society.

Learn more about SFU's EDI priorities and commitments


 

Engagement

Gender Gap Tracker 

Informed Opinions' Gender Gap Tracker measures the ratio of female to male sources quoted in online news coverage across some of Canada's most influential national news media.

The Gender Gap Tracker is a collaboration between Informed Opinions, a non-profit dedicated to amplifying women’s voices in media and SFU, through the Discourse Processing Lab and the Big Data Hub.

Visit the Gender Gap Tracker website

Computer science diversity committee

The Computing Science Diversity Committee is a focus group comprised of computing science faculty and staff, working to increase diversity and inclusion in the computing science community generally, and especially within the SFU School of Computing Science's (CS) student community. The long-term strateic goals of this committee include:

  • Increasing the percentage of women and indigenous students enrolled in SFU CS; and
  • Ensure retention of women and indigenous students in SFU CS.

More information


 

Research, Teaching and Learning

Invent the future

Invent the Future is Canada’s first and only two-week summer enrichment program focused on bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) expertise, community, and mentorship to young women in Grades 10 and 11. During  the program, participants from across Canada explore the world of AI through team projects, and connect with mentors and industry experts in a supportive yet challenging environment.

Learn more

Facts and Figures

  • 435 research publications related to SDG 5 in 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 98 active research projects related to SDG 5 funded between 2016-2020
  • 15 courses that relating to SDG 5, representing 1,312 students, offered between the 2018/19 - 2020/21 academic years

 

Operations

SFU Diversity Meter

Women and Racialized Persons are more represented at SFU when compared to the British Columbia labour force, by a difference of 11.1% and 6.7%, respectively.

Read the report

INCLUSION BENEFITS US ALL

We are sharing tools, resources and actions that each of us can take to help create a campus environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and included. 

Visit SFU's EDI website.