Simon Fraser University is Canada’s engaged university, defined by our dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.
We are unconventional, fearless, compassionate, approachable and ready.
We celebrate the diversity of people, ideas and cultures.
Communities make us a better university.
Community engagement is a vital part of our culture, informing our institutional commitments, inspiring more inclusive methods and practices for teaching and research, and helping us reflect on our history so that we might work to ensure that knowledge will benefit everyone.
We work to advance democracy.
We use our capacity as a university to bring greater visibility, knowledge and action to the issues we face in our communities, and we partner to open up the constructive dialogue, debate and dissensus necessary to collectively advance democracy.
We have a responsibility to be a part of our communities.
As a publicly funded post-secondary institution, we have a responsibility to use our capacity to strengthen social infrastructure and stand with our communities in their efforts to address issues of social justice.
We are committed to Truth and Reconciliation.
SFU works to build avenues for answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s X calls to action for post-secondary education, and commits to implementing the recommendations laid out in the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s 2017 report, Walk This Path With Us. We prepare our staff to meet and honour the emerging historical truth of the Indigenous peoples on whose lands our campuses reside.
We believe principled partnerships for learning, research and action are critical tools in creating a just and inclusive society.
Community engagement respects the knowledge, strategies and actions of communities to ensure that knowledge is created in partnership with, and is directly relevant to the people and communities participating in the work and being impacted by it.
Great relationships support community-driven solutions.
We co-create teaching, learning and research with community partners, students, educators and researchers. Our impact with communities is grounded in real world settings, where greater visibility, discourse, empathy and collaboration lead to meaningful outcomes.
We embrace knowledge democracy.
We respect and honour multiple ways of knowing, and we build mechanisms for scholarship, traditional knowledge, and lived and cultural experience to co-exist and influence each other in shared purpose.
Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion must be foundational for post-secondary institutions.
We strive to dismantle systemic institutional barriers to ensure SFU is filled with spaces where marginalized voices are centred and people from different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives can convene, collaborate, learn and thrive.
Leaders in engagement, locally and globally.
We have a passion for co-creating and sustaining positive impact with our partners, locally and globally, and our campuses are launch pads for collaborative social, scientific, and economic innovation.
University Website: https://www.sfu.ca/