We have curated a collection of supports designed for specific equity groups. Recognizing that these categories are limited and intersections are common, please review more than one category if you can’t find what you are looking for at first.

This is not an exhaustive list, but provides a place to start.

If you would like to see something added to this list, please email studentadv.coord@sfss.ca

Specific Resources For:

On Campus Resources:

South Asian Diaspora Community Healing Space

South Asian Diaspora Community Healing Space is a support group  for students who have cultural or personal ties to South Asia. The goal  of the group is to provide a healing space for students who have  cultural or personal ties to South Asia to connect with others and offer  peer-to-peer support facilitated by HCS staff. Any students who  self-identify as South Asian, have lived in South Asia, have family in  South Asia, or have cultural ties or roots to South Asia are welcome.

International Student Services

Office: 778.782.4232
Iss_office@sfu.ca
ISS offers supports and services to international students and to students seeking info regarding international learning opportunities. ISS works with faculty wishing to develop international and intercultural learning opportunities.

The David Lam Centre

The David Lam Centre has served as an active link between SFU and the wider community over the past two decades and has supported activities related to intercultural communication through the teaching of Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. It has also sponsored frequent academic and public events related to Asian art, literature, history, film and philosophy. Beyond this work the Centre has made its expertise and resources available in support of organizations that share an interest in fostering intercultural understanding.

Anti Asian Racism

Hearing news about anti-Asian racism and violence is upsetting and may affect members of the Asian community more acutely. If you are in need of support, please reach out.

  • My SSP: SFU students can access free 24/7 mental health support through the My SSP app. Culturally relevant support options are available; you can request to speak to a counsellor who shares your language and/or racial identity.
  • Bullying & Harassment: If you have witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment on our campuses, please visit SFU’s Bullying & Harassment webpage to learn more about the supports and resources available to you and explore your reporting options, if that is something you wish to consider.
  • See a Counsellor: free, confidential, time-limited supports are available to all registered SFU students
  • Tending to Anti-Asian racism: SFU Health & Counselling has created this facilitated group to be a safe and confidential space to support students from the Asian community who feel alienated and/or targeted by anti-Asian racism.
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): the SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides confidential, professional assistance to help SFU employees and their family members resolve problems that affect your personal and work lives
  • Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office: A diverse range of supports are available for campus community members including students, staff and faculty who are impacted by sexual violence
  • Critical Incident Support: A Critical Incident (or Significant Event) is normally a traumatic event that creates a strong emotional reaction. This reaction may interfere with an individual’s ability to manage normal day-to-day activities or have a large negative impact on the people involved or community members that have in some way been involved. Learn about the supports available.
  • The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has compiled a list of support and awareness resources on anti-Asian racism, including culturally appropriate mental health supports and organizations that are spreading awareness about anti-Asian racism in Canada
  • The Human Resources Student Association of BC has compiled a website with anti-Asian racism resources, including further information on the history of anti-Asian racism in Canada, reporting lines and organizations to support.

Off Campus Resources:

Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry

SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry (SOCA) formerly known as African Caribbean Heritage Students Association (ACHSA) was started in 1994 to bring together students of Black, African, and African Descent to promote the acceptance of the varied African Diasporic and Afro-Canadian culture at SFU.

African Students Association

Club mandate: Celebrating African diversity and unity. ASA is a student group engaging students of African descent and all those interested in positive discourse on Africa. Our mission is to focus solely on Africa, its issues and progress.

Black Student Support Centre Coordinator

Contact Araba to discuss the SOCA space in the new SUB and to connect with more resources.

Byblacks.com

This award-winning online magazine, funded by the Government of Canada, offers a list of job postings and a free business directory for Black Canadian-owned businesses.

Counselling at SFU

Tricia-Kay Williams is available to Black SFU students and recent alumni for ongoing, one-to-one counselling (for a maximum of 10 sessions / per issue).

Black Student Support and Healing Space

Black Student Support and Healing Space is a support group for Black students. The goal of this group is to create space for Black students to feel comfortable talking about Black experiences surrounding racism in a group setting.

Healing in Colour

Healing in Colour envisions a world where BIPOC, in all our intersections, have access to therapy that supports our healing and liberation.

Vancouver Black Therapy Foundation

VBT&AF is a non-profit organization committed to connecting black community members to mental health resources such as free therapy and advocacy service

Our Learning Community: Indigenous

SFU’s Our Learning Community has an incredible range of content created by and for the SFU community. This includes diverse and authentic stories, which show a range of inspirational knowledge sharing happening between students, as well as handy tools that help with learning anywhere and everywhere you are. This page is geared toward Indigenous Students

Reconciliation at SFU

Important reconciliation and decolonization work is being done across SFU by individuals, teams and departments as the university continues to transform and become a leader in Indigenizing our curriculum.

Indigenous Studies

SFU Indigenous StudiesINDG(formerly First Nations Studies) is committed to providing you a progressive, comprehensive learning experience rooted in both traditional and contemporary Indigenous logic, practice and theory.

Indigenous University Preparation Program

The Indigenous University Preparation Program (IUPP) at Simon Fraser University helps you pave the way for a successful transition to undergraduate studies. Our program offers first-year academic credit courses that integrate humanities and social sciences with Indigenous perspectives.

Indigenous Language Academic Programs

The Indigenous Languages Program (INLP) works with First Nations speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off-campus in First Nations languages communities. Since 1993 and in partnership with First Nations organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and the Yukon. INLP resides in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at SFU.

Indigenous Language Program

The Indigenous Languages Program (INLP) works with First Nations speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off-campus in First Nations languages communities. Since 1993 and in partnership with First Nations organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and the Yukon. INLP resides in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at SFU.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

An organization by and for Indigenous youth that works on issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States and Canada. Links to A First Nations Sexual Health Toolkit, Two Spirit Mentors Support Circle, and Indigenous Young Women’s Leadership Project are available at this site

Indigenous Student Centre

The ISC works to facilitate a successful transition for Indigenous students through application and enrollment to the student support environment of the ISC and the SFU community. We offer an Indigenous, culturally respectful, relevant, responsible, and reciprocal learning environment.

First Nations Student Association (FNSA)

The First Nation Student Association (FNSA) is where the medicine happens. It is an Indigenous student-run association within Simon Fraser University. The FNSA’s purposes are to provide a variety of support functions to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Office of Aboriginal Peoples

The Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP) was established in 2009 and its first Director, William G. Lindsay, began his tenure in January 2010. The mandate of the OAP is to take the lead on implementing the Aboriginal Strategic Plan, a comprehensive document covering all things “Aboriginal” at SFU.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement Programs (SAGE)

SAGE is a peer-mentoring, inter-institutional initiative provided to graduate students across British Columbia. SAGE is hosted at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and has “pods” at the University of Victoria, UBC Okanagan, University of Northern British Columbia, and University of Toronto.

Executive MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership

The SFU Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership (EMBA IBL) is offered as a cohort under the Executive MBA (EMBA) program and is the only accredited MBA program in North America addressing Indigenous business, economic development and entrepreneurship.

Indigenous Education Programs

The Faculty of Education is committed to collaborative work with diverse Indigenous communities and organizations as well as with individual students and educators in a range of rural and urban locations. Our Indigenous focus is inclusive of Aboriginal peoples in Canada (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) as well as Indigenous peoples from other countries. Our vision emphasizes:

International Student Services

778.782.4232 Iss_office@sfu.ca

ISS offers supports and services to international students and to  students seeking info regarding international learning opportunities.  ISS works with faculty wishing to develop international and  intercultural learning opportunities. See the following links for more information.

Advising

International Student Advising and Programs provides various options for advising for those with confidential questions about immigration-related or other personal matters (International Student Advisors/Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants).

COVID Support

If you are in self-isolation or need to self-isolate, connect with the SFU COVID Assistance and Remote Engagement Support (CARES) Program.

Health Insurance

Guard.me is a private health care service that SFU automatically enrolls International Students in and it covers you until you are eligible for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) the third month after you arrive in Canada. This private plan often costs more than MSP, so International students should apply for MSP and opt out of Guard.me as soon as possible. Individuals are automatically re-enrolled if they do not opt out, even if they have MSP coverage.

You will need to complete an individual enrollment in MSP form (form 102), along with any required documentation.

If you are an international student enrolled in Guard.me: following the submission and processing of your form (typically a few weeks), contact Health Insurance BC (HIBC) at 1-800-663-7100 and request a letter confirming your enrollment. Once you receive this letter, upload it at www.guard.me/sfu to opt-out and receive a refund where applicable. If you receive your MSP card before the letter arrives, you may use that instead to opt-out. TSSU members may also be eligible to have their Guard.me and MSP premiums paid for by SFU.

See more information here from our friends at the TSSU.

Transition Case Manager 

Managers are available for individual support with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents, or understanding Canadian services.

Counselling

SFU and FIC students can connect with My SSP and request to make an appointment with a culturally relevant counsellor with similar lived experience. My SSP is available 24/7 by phone or chat and is accessible worldwide, with multiple language options available.

Connected Globally, Adjusting Locally

This is a group for international students from SFU and FIC to meet others, ask questions, and learn strategies to overcome challenges connected with online learning; including sleep, school/life balance, time management, procrastination, and motivation.

Meeting Others

The Global Student Center Lounge is a place to study, hang out with friends or simply take a break.

Out on Campus

Out On Campus (OOC) is SFU’s LGBTQIA2S+ centre, brought to you by the SFSS with further support from the GSS. OOC provides a safer space for people of all genders and sexuality. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OOC has created a Discord Server open to all SFU and FIC students, where you can connect to SFU’s queer community, access peer support from staff with mental health first aid training and other students, and join community-building events that will support your wellbeing and social connection. You can also sign up for their newsletter  where you’ll receive regular updates about upcoming online events, links to online resources to support your mental health and wellbeing, and links to financial support available to you.

Sexual Health

SFU Health provides trauma informed LGBTQIA2S+ gender-affirming care to support students’ diverse needs. Connect with an Access Case Manager at a Zoom drop-in for information about service options and providers, or make an appointment with Barb, Registered Nurse.

You can also visit:

MSM/Trans Student Health

Vaccines for Hep A/B/HPV are offered through SFU Health. Blood tests for Hep A may be required first. Prep/PEP can be prescribed by our doctors for free, if you are eligible, and the prescription can be picked up at our clinics. Learn more about PrEP/PEP

SFU Burnaby Washrooms

Find a universal/all-gender washroom on campus if you prefer to use gender-inclusive washrooms.

The guide Knowing Your Rights: A Toolkit for 2SLGBTQIA+ Folks In Navigating Criminal Justice, Health Care and Youth Issues, available for free online, covers everything from sexuality and gender charter protections to the right to gender-affirming medical care, legal accommodations, how to find a lawyer, and medical privacy rights for youth under 18.

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

In addition to its regular programming and course offerings on LGBTQ issues and ideas, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is committed to supporting local LGBTQ programs and organizations in the Lower Mainland, and in particular, the generation of queer intergenerational dialogue.

Transitioning Students

SFU Health is here to support you as you make informed choices and changes. If you’re interested in receiving hormone injections, talk to a doctor at our clinic first and afterwards, book with one of our nurses for weekly injections. Read more about hormone therapy.

  • Learn to self-inject in a supportive environment
  • Talk about chest binding or about other concerns with the nurse
  • Receive a referral for top/bottom surgery (both now done locally) after discussing the process with one of our doctors.
  • For more campus support options, view this link.

Off Campus

LGBT Youth Line
www.youthline.ca
Peer support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-spirited, queer and questioning youth.
1-800-268-9688

Trans Lifeline
www.translifeline.org
Peer support phone line run by transgender people for transgender people.
1-877-330-6366

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre: Free Counseling and Legal Assistance

We provide low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender non-conforming people in a way that is respectful and celebratory of clients’ identity and self-expression. Our centre is volunteer run, and all of our practitioners are volunteering their time, so that we can offer free services to people who need them, regardless of factors like citizenship, health insurance, or residential address.

Qmunity

Qmunity is what happens when queer, trans, and Two-Spirit folks looking for a sense of community come together to meet, guide, and support each other. They offer specific services for youth under age 25.

YouthCo

YouthCO is an organization of youth leaders within the HIV and Hep C movements. Our staff, volunteers, and Board members are all youth! Throughout our HIV and Hep C work, we work to be accountable to our values, and we take a peer approach to conversations about sexual health, harm reduction, and stigma.

Have we missed something awesome? Please let us know! Email suggestions to studentadv.coord@sfss.ca

Campus Resources

Centre for Accessible Learning

  • The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is available to students with a documented or suspected disability, and students looking for volunteer opportunities, along with anyone with questions about equal educational opportunities at SFU.
  • Individual counselling options are available available through CAL. Learn more about the referral process here.

DNA Accessibility Centre

  • Located on the first floor of the SUB, this is a comfortable space dedicated for students with disabilities to build community. Contact Breanna at accessibility@sfss.ca!

Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance (DNA)

  • The SFU Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance (DNA) is a student-led network of community members who identify as disabled, autistic, neurodivergent, Deaf, mad and/or as having a disability, chronic illness, long-term condition, or mental illness.

SFSS Accessibility Grant

  • Do you need financial assistance to make your SFSS event more accessible? This grant can help!

SFSS Accessibility Committee

  • This SFSS committee is tasked with improving accessibility in the student union and at SFU. Contact ac@sfss.ca

SFU Library

The SFU library provides services specifically for students with disabilities.

SFU Student Health

See a doctor at Health & Counselling clinics if you are seeking an assessment, documentation, or medical referral.

Group Counselling

  • Experiencing Disability is a group designed to provide a space for students with disabilities to seek support in a safe environment with a Registered Clinical Counsellor facilitating.

Centre for Accessible Learning

  • The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is available to students with a documented or suspected disability, and students looking for volunteer opportunities, along with anyone with questions about equal educational opportunities at SFU.
  • Individual counselling options are available available through CAL. Learn more about the referral process here.

Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance (DNA)

The SFU Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance (DNA) is a student-led network of community members who identify as disabled, autistic, neurodivergent, Deaf, mad and/or as having a disability, chronic illness, long-term condition, or mental illness.

SFU Library

The SFU library provides services specifically for students with disabilities.

SFU Student Health

See a doctor at Health & Counselling clinics if you are seeking an assessment, documention, or medical referral.

Getting Around Campus

Campus Community Shuttle– this free shuttle can help you get across campus more easily. Confirmed for 2021/2022!

Accessible Parking– Some spaces have been designated as reserved spaces for those with physical limitations and are reserved 24 hours daily. If you have a long OR short term mobility limitation (eg. a broken leg or ankle etc), you can apply for special parking.

Go here for maps and accessibility info for the SFU Burnaby Campus

Assistive Technology

Financial Resources

Provincial Grants and Bursaries

Part-Time Students with a Permanent Disability

Loan Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers With a Permanent Disability

Canada RAP-PD and B.C. RAP-PD have the same eligibility requirements. You may be eligible for Canada and B.C. RAP-PD if you:

  • Have a Canada-B.C. integrated student loan;
  • Are a resident of Canada;
  • Have a permanent disability; and
  • Meet the income threshold set for the program
  • Visit the British Columbia Student Financial Aid Website for more information

Should you have a disability related grievance, you are encouraged to follow these steps, or contact the Student Advocate, Ombuds or CAL for support and assistance.

Stage 1: Contact a Disability Access Advisor, who can provide advice about  resolving the problem and/or serve as a mediator between you and the  faculty, staff or department. Most situations are resolved through this  informal process.  You might also consider speaking with the University  Ombudsperson.  If the informal process is unsuccessful:

Stage 2: The student may file a written grievance with the chair or director  of the department involved, stating the concern, the steps already taken  to resolve the issue, the results of those steps and the requested  resolution to the problem. If you are not satisfied with the response  from the chair or head of the department, you can appeal the decision.

Stage 3: An appeal can be made to the Dean of the associated Faculty.

Have we missed something awesome? Please let us know! Email suggestions to studentadv.coord@sfss.ca

SFSS Women’s Centre

Regardless of your orientation or identity, the Women’s Centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask us questions, access our library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.

The Women’s Centre provides services to students of all genders, including:

  • Crisis referrals & peer support
  • A free feminist library (no fines!)
  • Free safer sex & menstrual supplies (free tampons, pads, safer sex supplies, pregnancy tests, and more!)
  • Food support
  • Two garden plots
  • Variety of programming all year round
  • 24/7 safer space for self-identified women
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • *Note: We do not prescribe/carry medications including birth control, and we do not have childcare available here.*

Health, Medical Tests and Screening

Pap/Smear tests

A pap or smear test is used to screen and help diagnose precancerous  conditions of the internal sexual and reproductive health organs  (cervix, vagina, rectum). Anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 69 should be screened for cervical cancer every three years. Read more about cervical cancer screening here.

Most types of internal genital cancers can be prevented by getting your HPV vaccine.

SFU Health offers Gardasil-9 (HPV Vaccine) at $170.00/dose.  This is a series of 3 doses recommended. Book an appointment with a  nurse or speak to a nurse about any questions you may have by calling us  at 778.782.4615. If you have not completed your HPV vaccine series, you may be eligible for a publicly funded vaccine. View our vaccine webpage for more information.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) & Testing

Symptoms can include burning, pain or discomfort when you pass urine,  and frequent urination. If you think you may have a UTI, make an  appointment to see a doctor and have urine test done in clinic at SFU or at  LifeLabs (located across the Lower Mainland).

Mindful Medicine for Women of Colour 

This is a group that explores issues related to diversity, equity, restorative justice, and self-care.

Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office

Goals: 1) To offer survivor-centered trauma informed supports, referrals and information to Survivors of sexual violence and misconduct

2) To provide support, referrals and information to all those impacted by sexual violence and misconduct, including those who receive disclosures of sexual violence and misconduct

3) To eliminate barriers to supports and services for LGBTQ2S+ people, Indigenous people, people of colour, international students, sex workers, people with disabilities, and people from all ages, classes and cultures

4) To provide education and training to SFU’s three campus communities and Fraser International College (FIC) on responding to disclosures of sexual violence and misconduct, active bystander intervention, consent, media literacy, healthy relationships, Policy GP 44 and other related issues

5) To work closely and collaborate with on and off campus groups, organizations and other institutions of higher education to enhance our work

6) Policy Review: Participate in the periodic evaluations of Policy GP 44 and its related initiatives

Safe Walk
Burnaby: 778.782.3100
Surrey: 778.782.7070 Vancouver: 778.782.5029

The Safe Walk Program provides a security escort to support individual safe travel on campus 24/7.

Vancouver Crisis Hotline:
604-872-3311

BC 211: Dial 211
confidential, multilingual telephone service available 24/7

Trans Lifeline:
877-330-6366

Women Against Violence Against Women:
604-255-6344

Battered Women’s Support Services:
604-687-1867

KUU-US Crisis Line Society 
Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717
– Youth Line: 250-723-2040
– Adult Line: 250-723-4050.
First Nations and Aboriginal specific 24/7 crisis line based in Port Alberni and serving the entire province.

Research Assistance

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