Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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Simon Fraser University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Joanne Curry
Associate Vice President
External Relations
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

SFU’s Vision/Mission “To be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement” captures the university’s commitment to community engagement. The mission and vision provide a launch pad for SFU’s community engagement strategy, which covers the breadth and depth of relationships that SFU seeks to build. This three-year strategy is intended to advance SFU’s efforts by facilitating community access to SFU people, knowledge and resources, and by connecting, embedding and communicating SFU’s engagement efforts.

The Vision’s goal and objectives specific to community engagement are as follows:
GOAL: To be Canada’s most community-engaged research university.
Objective 1: Integration
SFU will maintain and expand its community connections as an integral part of its academic mission, creating opportunities for practical and experiential learning; informing and inspiring research; and contributing to its relevance and success;
Objective 2: Reach
SFU will develop partnerships and maximize the capacities of its three campuses to enhance the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities locally and globally;
Objective 3: Relationships
SFU will build respectful and mutually beneficial community relationships;
Objective 4: Lifelong Learning
SFU will meet the lifelong learning needs of students, alumni and the community, and respond with innovative programs and learning opportunities for academic, personal and professional development; and
Objective 5: BC’s Public Square
SFU will be BC’s public square for enlightenment and dialogue on key public issues; it will be the institution to which the community looks for education, discussion and solutions.

A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

The following initiatives are some example of how we are engaging students, engaging research, and engaging community.

SFU Public Square, a Signature Community Engagement Initiative

SFU Public Square is designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections. The initiative supports SFU’s role as a convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern. SFU Public Square hosts an annual Community Summit to investigate—and recommend practical solutions to—pressing issues in BC and Canada. Past issues have included the economy and inclusiveness as well as events and dialogues throughout the year. (See www.sfu.ca/publicsquare)

Engaging Students and Community Through Engagement Centres

-SFU has community engagement centres in Vancouver and Surrey.

-The SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement is located in the SFU Woodward’s cultural unit in Vancouver. Connecting with a variety of community organizations, the Office produces public talks and facilitates community partnerships, accessible education opportunities, and SFU student placements with community organizations. (See http://sfuwoodwards.ca/community)

-The SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre fosters connections between SFU and the community with an initial focus on supporting new immigrants and their families. It connects children, adults and community members with SFU students, faculty and staff through a range of courses, workshops and experiences. (See http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/engage/centre)

-SFU identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups through these community engagement centres and through targeted program planning through SFU Continuing Studies (http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/about/about-continuing-studies.html ), the Aboriginal Strategic Plan (http://www.sfu.ca/aboriginalpeoples/files/2013-18-SFU-Aboriginal-Strategic-Plan.pdf) , and the International Engagement Strategy (http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/international/documents/Int%20Engagement%20Strategy.pdf ).

List of identified community stakeholders:

Some community stakeholders include, (by no means exhaustive):
City of Vancouver
City of Burnaby
City of Surrey
Metro Vancouver (and other municipalities)
Province of British Columbia
SFU Community Trust
Burnaby Mountain Residents Association
The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

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