SFU Diwali Gala 2018
Simon Fraser University hosted its 11th annual Diwali Gala on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey. The event celebrates the festival of Diwali along with the university's initiatives in India and engagement with B.C.'s South Asian Community.
The Festival of lights is celebrated in India and around the world annually, and happens this year on Nov. 7. SFU’s event draws over 300 business and community leaders, along with SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The evening features South Asian cuisine and performances.
Funds raised from the event go toward SFU student awards to support opportunities for students to work, study and volunteer in India, through the university’s mobility initiative. Over the years nearly 150 students have benefited from their experiences in India.
This event also recognizes the work of the SFU-India Advisory Council, which was created over a decade ago and has been integral to the university’s success in engaging with India, and in furthering relationships within B.C.’s South Asian community.