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Bringing together diverse voices and experiences through dialogue can play a critical role in our understanding of ourselves, each other and the world in which we live. It can also propel the ideas...
Megan Mackenzie, a professor at the School of International Studies and Simons Foundation Chair in International Law and Human Security, has been looking into military sexual violence and why—...
Youth violence and other conduct problems pose significant social, public health and economic problems in Canada, with adolescents accounting for a disproportionate amount of crime. While youth crime...
As the old adage goes, “if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk.” For Dr. Joy Johnson, president and vice-chancellor at SFU, it’s important to...
Mamadi's life started in Guinea. He came to Canada with his mother and sister when he was four years old. Settling in Montreal, Mamadi's mother raised him and his sister on her own, with no...
While caring for her ailing father, Lorna experienced first-hand the gaps that exist within seniors' health care, particularly for patients with dementia. She saw a desperate need for...
Shireen was an aspiring teacher in the Professional Development Program at SFU when she heard about the International Teaching Education Module (ITEM) in India. She was immediately interested. Every...
That's the question business leader and entrepreneur Charles Chang, BBA '95, asked himself as he prepared to sell his plant-based protein powder business, Vega. "I wanted to not only...
In 1967, Sylvia was 30, with a young daughter and no formal education. She’d once dreamed of being a teacher, but without a high school diploma, what was she going to do? She started taking...
When Barry and Guenther began thinking about their legacy, SFU seemed the natural choice for their bequests. Professor Barry Truax has been teaching acoustic communication at SFU for 40 years. He...
A few years ago, Ruth’s parents passed away within two months of each other. But through her grief, she found a sense of purpose. Ruth works in the Back on Track (BOT) program at SFU. She helps...
Addiction, homelessness, crime. As first responders, this is what fire fighters see every day. They know first hand the source of these issues is often mental illness. With the hope of better...
RADIUS – RADical Ideas, Useful to Society – is SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator. Sparked by Beedie School of Business adjunct professor Shawn Smith in 2013, RADIUS...
Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Here’s how your commitment to The Power of Engagement campaign has impacted SFU. Engaging students Our students think they can change the...
We’re all familiar with the simplicity and accuracy of using a thermometer to read our body’s temperature to pinpoint a fever. What if monitoring brain health was as accessible? Thanks to...
Jim McEwen's first teacher, Isobel Rose, helped him catch up quickly after a late entry to school following a family quarantine during a polio outbreak in 1954. In grade eight, after a botched...
In spring 1951, young University of Alberta law student and aspiring dancer Grant Strate made a gut decision that radically altered his life path. Upon receiving an invitation to join the new...
Originally from Denmark, Jorgen Vibe (Jack) Christensen was held at a prison camp in Japan during World War II. He was released in 1945 and rarely spoke of that time, but the experience stayed with...
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jesse Elliott always pursued his interests with dedication. In his elementary school years, this meant a black belt in Tae Kwon Do by age 12. Later, he turned his...
During his Bachelor's degree in Computing Science at SFU, Paul Vicol discovered a love of research. With scholarship and award support from SFU donors throughout his undergraduate years, he was...
An immensely talented artist, Mary Filer worked in multiple media. Initially trained as a watercolour painter under John Lyman and Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer, she was also a pioneer in...
Innovation at SFU moves ideas into action. In 2008, SFU launched Venture Connection, the first university business incubator in Western Canada. The program offers entrepreneurship training and...
Christian 'Chris' Friesen's early life was filled with adventure. He grew up exploring his family's lush acreage in Langley, visiting nearby relatives in the Fraser Valley, making...
Pat Blunden's efforts are tireless when it comes to showing support for the betterment of other people's lives. She's particularly passionate about education as a means of advancing...