Opportunities to Participate

Participate in a Community Conversation

Community conversations open to all members of the campus community will be taking place throughout the Spring 2019 semester. 

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Date Time Location

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

(CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

9 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Tueday, February 26th, 2019

1 PM - 2:30 PM CLOSED SESSION

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

8:30 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

1:30 PM - 3 PM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020


Please note:

Seating capacity is limited, and can only accommodate 20 participants. Please arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Conversations will adopt the SFU Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice Guidelines for respectful dialogue.

Notes will be taken of the conversations that take place, but names will not be attributed.

Sensitive topics may be discussed, and participants are welcome to exit the conversation at any point if they need to.

These opportunities for dialogue are not intended to replace or supplement SFU's existing processes for disclosures, complaints, or grievances about a specific situation or person.

Date Time Location

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

(CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

9 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Tueday, February 26th, 2019

12:30 PM - 2 PM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

8:30 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

1:30 PM - 3 PM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020
Date Time Location

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

(CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

9 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Tueday, February 26th, 2019

12:30 PM - 2 PM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

8:30 AM - 10 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

1:30 PM - 3 PM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

The Community Conversations are intended as an opportunity to listen, learn, talk, and reflect on what SFU is doing well and where it can improve, which includes identifying systemic barriers and gaps and reflecting on ways to improve structures, processes, and practices.

Some questions to consider are:

SFU is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, inclusion, fairness, and mutual respect (SFU Strategic Plan)   

  • What steps/actions can SFU (and/or university community members) to achieve this goal?
  • What are some of SFU’s strengths, on which we can build?  Where and in what ways do we need to grow?
  • What organizational structures and processes are needed to advance diversity and equitable and inclusive practices across the institution?
  • What is required to ensure individual, unit, and institutional accountability for equity, diversity, and inclusion?
  • What are the measures of success?

Attend an Upcoming Event

General Events

Navigating Higher Education as a Student with a Disability

Please join us for a student-led panel on navigating higher education as a student with a disability, where students will share their experiences in an evening of conversation. 

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019   5 - 7 PM

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus (Exact location TBD) 

Light refreshments will be provided.  Please do not wear any scents/fragrances or bring any peanuts or oranges to this event.

This event is presented by the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) in collaboration with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.  

REGISTER HERE

If you are not able to fill out the online registration form, please contact David Le, CAL Disability Services Officer, at 778-782-9724. All information provided through this registration form or to CAL will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of organizing the event.

Deadline to register is February 15, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Tea Time Talk

Join Tea Time Talk at the Women's Centre on March 18th to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and have a conversation with us on how SFU can foster a culture of fairness, belonging and diversity.

Your voice matters and we want to hear your ideas and concerns. 

Date and Time: Monday, March 18th   4 - 6:30 PM 

Location: SFSS Women's Centre, All genders resource area, TC 3014


REGISTER HERE or in person at the Women's Centre. There are 20 seats available for this event.

Speaker Series

The speaker series events are cornerstones of the It’s Time to Listen, Talk and Reflect community conversation taking place at SFU from Jan. 15 – mid-April 2019. These four events are free but registration is required and limited to SFU students, staff and faculty.

TopicIt’s not all about recruitment: Support and Retention are Essential to the Practice of EDI  

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019     2:30 – 4:30 pm

SpeakerCarl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, Faculty of Education, York University    

Location: Thompson Room, Diamond Alumni Centre, Burnaby campus (Registration required)

**This event will be webcast and can be viewed from Harbour Centre, Surrey campus, and home

REGISTER

Topic: Ableism and Disability in Higher Education: Possibilities for Radical Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019     2:30 – 4:30 pm

SpeakerWendy Harbour, Director, National Center for College Students with Disabilities at Association on Higher Education and Disability and Adjunct Faculty Member, Interpreter Education Program, St. Catherine University    

Location: Thompson Room, Diamond Alumni, Burnaby campus (Registration required)

**This event will be webcast and can be viewed from Harbour Centre, Surrey campus, and home

REGISTER

Past Events

Topic: With the new developments in Indigenous Education and Languages, what is the role of universities?

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019     2:30 – 4:30 pm

Speaker:  Dr. Lorna Williams, Professor Emerita, Department of Indigenous Education and Linguistics, University of Victoria and former CRC Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, Order of British Columbia Inductee.       

Location: Presentation Studio (ASB 10900) Burnaby campus

** The recording of this event is available for viewing here

Topic: Two-Spirit Reconciliation: Honouring the Truth; Reconciling for the Future

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019     2:30 – 4:30 pm

SpeakerHarlan Pruden, Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Studies Program, University of British Columbia, Educator, BC Center for Disease Control, Chee Mamuk, an Aboriginal health program, and Managing Editor, TwoSpiritJournal.com        

Location: Halpern (Room 126) Burnaby campus (Registration required)

**The recording of this event is available for viewing here

Want to Collaborate with Us?

During this three-month community conversation, there will be a number of other events held at each of SFU’s three campuses. Details of these events will be posted once they’re confirmed.

If you are interested in working with us to co-host or organize an event, please contact Krisztina Fulop at edi@sfu.ca

Join in the community conversation about belonging, inclusion, fairness and respect at SFU.