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Students in POST 2900 celebrate the launch of the Surrey CityLab initiative with the Dean of Arts and the Provost. CityLab is a partnership between KPU, SFU and the City of Surrey that provides students with opportunities to co-create the City's future with city staff and the community.

Students in POST 2900 celebrate the launch of the Surrey CityLab initiative with the Dean of Arts and the Provost


Please join us in celebrating POST Alumni Mike Morris' 2016 Coast Capital Savings Youth Entrepreneurship Award!

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau...

The day after the 2015 federal election, we asked Policy Studies students about key issues they would like the new Prime Minister to consider. Read their 16 recommendations to Prime Minister Trudeau and local Liberal MPs: Dear Prime Minister


Policy Studies 3110 workshop - students develop their sustainability ideas for Surrey's EcoNewton initiative, Fall 2015

POST student Vik Saggu with the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair. KPU students from POST/POLI 3500 were invited to dinner at Stornaway during their class trip to Ottawa.

POST student Vik Saggu with the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair.

POST students meet with leader of the official opposition, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, following his dialogue with KPU President Alan Davis.

Mulcair visit

Policy Studies' first graduate, Alex Dingiria, gives convocation speech! Read Alex's inspiring speech.

Policy Studies students and faculty get together for the first annual POST BBQ.
POST students (new, old and prospective) joined faculty and deans (and a healthy population of wasps) at the home of POST Dept. Chair, Heather Harrison, to share stories, food, beer and wine. In addition to the excellent feast (thanks to Heather, provider, and Sinisa, grill master), the group was unified by its passion for bringing about positive change in the world.


Read all about the program in this article from the Surrey Now newspaper:

New Kwantlen program pairs students with sustainability - for credit
By Amy Reid, Surrey NOW September 16, 2011

SURREY - Kwantlen Polytechnic University has partnered with the City of Surrey to create B.C.'s first degree program that gives students credit for working on sustainability projects with a municipality.

The university currently has a co-op program where students have the option of earning credits through work experience, which they're paid for, but this is the first program where it is part of degree requirements.

"We told the city, we've got these students: What work can they do for you that is useful, but that can also give students an opportunity to learn in that kind of really applied setting?" said Heather Harrison, a Kwantlen instructor who headed up the new program.

Called Policy Studies, the Bachelor of Arts degree that....

Read more details about the program from this 2012 press release:

Students enrolled in Kwantlen’s policy studies degree program complete first year with success

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – The end of spring semester marked the completion of the first year for students enrolled in Kwantlen’s policy studies degree program. Offered from the Surrey campus, this program has students learning the research, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in the growing field of sustainability policy.

“The City of Surrey has a strong relationship with Kwantlen and is proud of this ‘made-in-Surrey’ program that is designed to fill an important need in our communities,” says Dianne Watts, mayor of Surrey. “The students are given a unique opportunity to work on real sustainability projects in Surrey, and be mentored by an expert currently working in the field of sustainability policy.”

Policy identifies who is responsible for change and how change will happen. Governments, businesses and the public are beginning to recognize the limits of our ecosystems have been reached, and that looking for new, sustainable methods of operation needs to be a priority. This program is the only degree of its kind in BC devoted to sustainability policy. It includes an applied seminar that involves a partnership with the City of Surrey and focuses on issues facing the South Fraser Region. Graduates of this program will qualify for jobs in the growing fields of policy research, and as sustainability officers in government, not-for-profit organizations, and private companies.

“This program gives students an opportunity to use their education to work in a rapidly emerging field of employment,” says Heather Harrison, policy studies coordinator at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “We realized there was a need for a program like this because there are many students who want to help solve some of the environmental and social justice problems we are facing, and will continue to face, unless change happens soon.” 

A key aspect of the program is a semester-long course that provides students with critical work experience. This past year students worked with the City of Surrey to complete a project on “Green Economies: What does this mean and how can Surrey build one?” Students provided valuable research to further the city’s goals laid out in the Sustainability Charter, a comprehensive framework for implementing a progressive, long-term 50 year vision for a sustainable city.