Fall 2015 Philosopher's Cafe in Surrey: Inclusive City
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Surrey is a culturally diverse city with over 40% of the population foreign born. It receives more Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other BC municipality. This rich diversity brings vibrancy and innovation to the City, however both newcomer and "receiving" communities in Surrey are experiencing challenges in adapting to new ways of being and living such a diverse city. 

The Inclusive City Philosopher's Cafes will provide a safe and welcoming space for community members to discuss the challenges and opportunities of living in a diverse community and to start to explore how we can become a healthier and more inclusive City.

This series is a partnership between the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, the City of Surrey, SFU Philosophers' Cafe, and the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre.

Inclusive City Café
SFU Surrey - TD CEC, City Centre Library (room 402).
7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month
September 16
The role of research in uncovering the refugee experience

Moderators: Moderators: Tara Holt and Nav Chima
How can community-based research on refugees contribute to an inclusive community in Surrey? What are the barriers?
October 21
Helping immigrants integrate

Moderator: Luis Guerra
Every year as many as 250,000 people immigrate to Canada from other countries. Feelings of loss, culture shock, separation from family and language difficulties can all contribute to their stress and impede their integration. What happens when immigrants don’t feel they belong? What can we do to help immigrants integrate?
November 18
Volunteering: a foreign concept?

Moderator: Dongmei (Lily) Yang
Volunteering is vital to a just and democratic society. It fosters civic pride and responsibility and strengthens our communities. But is volunteering a foreign concept to Canadian immigrants, or is that a myth? We’ll discuss how our community benefits from immigrant volunteers and what we can do to provide more and better volunteer opportunities for immigrants.
December 16
Surrey immigrant youth: challenges and opportunities

Moderator: Jennifer Marchbank

The City of Surrey is growing by around 1,000 people per month, and one-third of our population is under 19. Our schools are overflowing and the strain on support staff is intense. How does this affect our newcomer youth? What are some opportunities to engage youth in the city?