EDI Conversation Principles

Principles Guiding Community Conversations at SFU

It’s time to listen, talk, and reflect.  Let’s do this together.


  • Our hope is to be clear about the objectives, scope, outcomes, and parameters of these conversations, including any constraints or boundaries.

Inclusive Participation  

  • Strive to use outreach methods that are accessible and inviting to all community members.
  • Reach out to a wide diversity of people, groups, and organizations. 
  • Invite university community members to participate in person, online, in groups, or as individuals.
  • Seek input when designing engagement opportunities.
  • Provide participants with information that is objective, clear, and accurate, in a variety of formats and in a timely manner. 
  • Apply inclusive event planning principles.

Establish a welcoming and supportive environment for participants

  • Set expectations for respectful dialogue.
  • Acknowledge emotional trauma and provide information about support. 
  • Address concerns about privacy.

Establish Expectations for Engagement in Conversations

  • Use active listening.
  • Be aware of one’s social position and privilege.
  • Recognize and acknowledge the difficult nature of the discussions and the personal levels of disclosure.

Establish timelines  

  • Ensure time is provided for respectful engagement through listening, speaking, reflecting, and discussing.
  • Anticipated timeframe for community dialogue, including draft reports and follow-up conversations: mid-January to mid-April 2019