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.
- 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.
- 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