News from Semester in Dialogue

il_570xN.402815366_9wooOnly one item for this weeks blog.  This is the final post for 2013.  We wish you all the best of the season and a Happy New Year!

Through Our Eyes: Changing the Canadian Lens

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New Semester in Dialogue Blog Location

The Semester in Dialogue Blog or Alumni News has been moved to the Semester in Dialogue website.  Please go to the link below to check out Semester in Dialogue news.

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Through Our Eyes: Changing the Canadian Lens

This is an empowering and transformative program that we and our partnering organizations have worked to develop for young adults aged 16-30 years old in BC’s Lower Mainland.

Through Our Eyes: Changing the Canadian Lens seeks to engage young adults in the Truth & Reconciliation process.

Many young Canadians are still unaware that up until 1996 Aboriginal children in Canada were forced to leave their families to go to boarding schools called residential schools.  These Aboriginal children were forced to forget their culture and language in order to assimilate them into European culture in Canada.

Through Our Eyes has 3 parts.

In part 1, young adults will get a chance to meet other young adults from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds.  They will get a chance to share their own experiences on bullying, discrimination and persecution as they learn about the legacy of residential schools and the truth and reconciliation process.  They will have the opportunity to engage with their peers in a transformative process to build a better Canada.

In part 2, young adults will have the opportunity to create videos that express their thoughts and feelings about what they have learned and share their own personal stories if they wish.  There will be a video contest to choose the most inspiring video.

In part 3, young adults will learn how to facilitate reconciliation dialogue circles in order to empower them  to become agents of change in our country.

For more information please email

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Healthy Campus Community: Recognizing Well-being in Learning Environments

heather and markHealthy Campus Community: Recognizing Well-being in Learning Environments

The SFU Health Promotion team celebrated the 2013 Champions for a Healthy Campus Community which exemplify learning environments that foster well-being. The BusOne Program within the Beedie School of Business and the Semester in Dialogue led by Mark Winston were recognized after recommendations were received for individuals, groups or initiatives which enhance student well-being while contributing to a healthy campus community.

Thank you Heather Palis for nominating Mark!

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Spring 2014 Work Study Opportunity

Spring Work Study: Dialogue Awareness and Defining Moments project, Poetry Reading Series Research Assistant

The Centre for Dialogue is looking to hire 3 Work Study students for the spring term. We are looking for 2 Work Study students to assist with the Dialogue Awareness and Defining Moments project and 1 Work Study student to fulfill the role of Poetry Reading Series Research Assistant.

If any dialogue students or alumni have been accepted to the spring Work Study program, we encourage you to apply for these positions at Note that the Work Study is a program for students in financial need and only those students who are already in the program can apply.

The Work Study program provides students in financial need with flexible, part-time work while also taking classes. If you are not currently in the program but are interested in finding out more for future semesters, please see the Financial Aid Work Study website. The Centre intends to hire additional Work Study students in the summer, so we encourage alumni in financial need to sign up to the program now.

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Lunch Poems at SFU featuring Jordan Abel and Nicole Markotić, Dec 18

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Jordan Abel, a Nisga’a writer currently residing in Vancouver and Nicole Markotić, author of three poetry books (Bent at the Spine) and two novels (Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot) will be featured at the December 18 “Lunch Poems at SFU.”

This lunch time reading series animates SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. Launched in 2012 by SFU Public Square, Lunch Poems has hosted some of Canada’s most prominent poetic voices, including George Bowering and Wayde Compton. Students, staff and community members are invited to bring their lunch and join this growing poetry movement.

Date: Wednesday, December 18
Time: 12-1pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.)
Details: Free admission, no registration required

For more information on this free event and to read the featured poet’s full biographies, please visit:

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