Announcement from Western

Syrian Refugee Crisis Update for Residents of London, Ontario: I have been going back to my saved emails on the refugee crisis. I have about 150! I came across one from Western’s Provost which I wanted to share here:

Dear faculty, staff and students,

For several years, Western has been involved in efforts to support refugees in crisis from around the world. As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Syria, I am heartened to see support coming from all corners of our campus.

We have passionate faculty members doing scholarship and community outreach in areas such as migration and ethnic relations who are playing a leadership role in the development of a Refugee Sponsorship Fund. We are also able to leverage existing programs that offer support to international students and scholars in need.

REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP FUND
Led by the Faculty of Social Science and in partnership with the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, Western is raising funds for a G5 Private Sponsorship Application for a Syrian refugee family. The initial goal is to raise funds to sponsor one Syrian refugee family to London, at a cost of $30,000 for a family of five refugees. If more than this amount is received and commitments from individuals to become part of a sponsorship team are made, this can be expanded to include more refugee families. To learn more or to donate, please visit http://ssc.uwo.ca/refugee_sponsorship_fund.html

SYRIAN REFUGEE AWARDS
Western is working to establish awards that will cover tuition and living costs for up to 10 Syrian refugee students admitted to Western as early as January 2016. To be eligible, applicants must be Syrian citizens or residents with satisfactory academic standing who have been admitted to begin studies in a Western University degree program. Western International will work with the World University Service of Canada to identify applicants and the awards will be administered through the Office of the Registrar. For more information please contact Glen Tigert, University Registrar, at gtigert@uwo.ca.

SCHOLARS AT RISK PROGRAM
As a member of the Canadian section of Scholars at Risk, Western is able to host identified scholars who face severe human rights abuses in their home country so that they may continue their work in a safe environment. Through this program and other avenues, Western is working to identify Syrian scholars who could be brought to the university. Central administration will work with Faculties to share the costs of this program. Those with interest in this program should connect directly with their respective academic Deans or Julie McMullin, Vice-Provost (International), at mcmullin@uwo.ca.

To learn more about these initiatives, please visit http://uwo.ca/helpsyria/. We are also interested in learning about other initiatives that may be taking place on campus – please email helpsyria@uwo.ca.

Thank you in advance for your concern and participation in this campus-wide initiative.

Sincerely,

Janice Deakin
Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

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