“Community engagement is defined by the SFU Community Engagement Strategy as a collaboration between the university and communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” (SFU Community Engagement Strategy, 2013)
The Goals of the SFU Surrey - TD CEC Include:
- To encourage the development of mutually beneficial university-community partnerships in the South Fraser region of BC
- To increase interdisciplinary and community-based learning opportunities for SFU students in the South Fraser region of BC
- To increase the breadth and depth of SFU community-based research in the South Fraser region of BC
Who Should be Involved?
All of us. Community leaders in the South Fraser Region, knowledge and thought leaders from Simon Fraser University, and citizens who want to work together to achieve common goals.
What is Our Objective?
Working with community partners to develop a framework for university-community partnerships. Together we will make a difference in the lives of citizens in the South Fraser Region through community-based programming, research, events and services.
Where are We Focused?
In the South Fraser Region of BC. The SFU CEC is committed to supporting community partners in the areas of highest need who are closest to home.
In the short term (2013-2015), programming will be focused on new and at-risk communities that are located in close proximity to Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus. Partnerships and initiatives will be designed to positively impact educational, social, economic, environmental, cultural and/or physical health.
In the medium term (2015-2018), partnerships and programs will expand to include other South Fraser communities depending on resources. These include Delta, North Delta, Langley, Mission, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. Our job is to find partners who are already doing great things in the community and help support them. Together we can make a difference.