University Social Responsibility at Simon Fraser University (SFU)

SFU's strategic vision is to be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. The vision sets goals for engaging students through some of the most ambitious experiential education programmes in Canada. It calls on faculty and researchers to engage – to connect directly and for mutual benefit with all of the communities SFU serves, both for inspiration and for the resulting advantages in mobilizing research discoveries and innovations. And perhaps most distinctively, the vision articulates SFU’s ambition to engage physically and programmatically.

If students are SFU’s starting point, community is our destination. Whether by preparing adaptable, high-functioning citizens or by sharing and mobilizing knowledge, SFU celebrates service. Furthermore, SFU has always been an institution where students engage directly with communities and receive an enriched and more relevant education and researchers gain greater purpose and gratification from addressing real-world issues.

1. SFU’s UniverCity initiative has brought people, amenities and vitality to a completely new community, while serving as a model for sustainable living and community engagement. Boasting world-class green technologies in the community school and childcare centre, UniverCity has won numerous awards, and is breaking new ground in environmental design.

2. SFU is one of the leaders in establishing the B.C. Collaborative for Social Infrastructure. The initiative enables institutions to use their collective energies and strengths to make real, sustainable impact in our communities. Focus action areas include: Green and sustainable campus and community building; Indigenous entrepreneurship and social finance; social procurement, library and outreach and community scholar programs.

3. SFU’s community engagement programs span community-based research, student engagement and support, experiential learning, dialogue through: SFU Public Square; Vancity Office of Community Engagement, TD SFU Surrey Office of Community Engagement, City Studio, a commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and a university-wide Refugee and Newcomer program.

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SFU Public Square’s “Is Social Media Destroying Democracy?: A Debate on Social Media in the Age of Disinformation” held on April 11, 2019

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SFU Public Square’s “Confronting the Disinformation Age With David Frum, Sue Gardner, and Christopher Wylie” held on April 16, 2019

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SFU Public Square’s “Innovations in Research,” Hosted by Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International at SFU, held on April 10, 2019

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SFU International’s “Innovate: New Approaches to Canadian International Cooperation” event, held on June 6 and 7, 2018 at SFU’s Vancouver campus

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