Opportunities to Participate

Community Conversations

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) take 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?
Community conversations open to all members of the campus community will be taking place until mid-October 2019. Please check back for further opportunities to engage.

Attend an Upcoming Event

Thank you for your interest in our events. Stay tuned for more!

Past Events

Click the below links to explore the different Community Conversations that took place in January - May 2019.

Speaker Series

The speaker series events were cornerstones of the It’s Time to Listen, Talk and Reflect community conversation taking place at SFU from Jan. 15 into mid-Oct. 2019. Feel free to take a look at the archived pages and check back as we update with recordings of the 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

Recording of this event now available 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

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: Room 126, Halpern Centre, Burnaby campus

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

Speaker:  Wendy 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: Room 10900, Applied Sciences Building, Burnaby campus

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: Halpern Centre, Room 126, Burnaby campus

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

Lunch & Learn

Come and share your ideas about how to create a stronger culture of inclusion, belonging, fairness, and mutual respect at SFU. 

Light lunch will be provided. Drop in and stay however long you can!

Date: Wednesday, March 27th    12 - 1:30 PM

Location: Room 2250, Harbour Centre

Spring 2019 Community Conversations

Date Time Location

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

(CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

9 AM - 10 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

1 PM - 2:30 PM

(Session with the Teaching and Learning Centre) Discovery 2 Room 103

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

8:30 AM - 10 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

(CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

10 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session)

AQ 5004

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Halpern Centre, Room 114

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 11 AM - 12 PM

(Session with student group)

Halpern Centre Room 114

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session) 

Bennett Library, Thesis Defence Room 2020

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

8:30 AM- 10:15 AM

(APSA Staff session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

10:30 AM - 12 PM

(CUPE Staff session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

2:30 PM - 4 PM

(Faculty session)

AQ 5039

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Faculty session) 

Harbour Centre Room 1525

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

12 PM - 1:30 PM

(CUPE Staff session)

Harbour Centre Room 1525

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM

(APSA Staff session)

Harbour Centre Room 1525

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 10 AM - 11:30 AM 

(Post-Doc session)

Harbour Centre Room 1505

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 8:30 AM - 10 AM

(Post-Doc session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10908

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

10:30 AM - 12 PM

(Faculty session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM

(Faculty session)

Bennett Library, Room 7200

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 4 PM - 5:30 PM

(Post-Doc session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10908

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 9 AM - 10:30 AM 

(Faculty session)

Surrey Campus Room 5320

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

11 AM - 12:30 PM

(APSA Staff session)

Surrey Campus Room 5320

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

(Open session)

Surrey Campus Room 5320

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

2 PM - 3:30 PM

(CUPE Staff session)

Surrey Campus Room 5320

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 1:30 PM - 3 PM

(Post-Doc session)

Surrey Campus Room 3280

Thursday, April 25th, 2019 10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Post-Doc session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10908

Thursday, April 25th, 2019 2 PM - 3:30 PM

(Open session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10901

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 9 AM - 10:30 AM

(CUPE Staff session) 

Diamond Alumni Centre

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 11 AM - 12:30 PM 

(APSA Staff session)

Diamond Alumni Centre

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 9 AM - 10:30 AM

(Open session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10901

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10901

Thursday, May 9th, 2019 10 AM - 11:30 AM

(Open session)

Harbour Centre, Room 2050

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 9:30 AM - 11 AM

(Open session)

Applied Sciences Building, Room 10901

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

Want to Collaborate with Us?

During the community conversation phase, 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.