The University of Waterloo joins the Scholars at Risk Network
Membership assists the global effort to protect and advocate for displaced academics such as those from Ukraine
Membership assists the global effort to protect and advocate for displaced academics such as those from UkraineBy Ian Rowlands Associate Vice-President, International
The University of Waterloo is pleased to announce that it is joining the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network, effective immediately. Waterloo thus joins this established global community of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and to promote academic freedom.
SAR arranges temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in its network and provides advisory and referral services for scholars forced to leave their communities for reasons including war, intimidation, and threats of violence. By joining, Waterloo will engage in–and contribute to–SAR’s two sets of activities:
“Academic freedom is fundamental to Waterloo’s mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship,” said Professor Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research and International at Waterloo. “As a member of Scholars at Risk, we have reaffirmed our commitment to preserve and to promote the freedom to think, to question, and to share ideas, both locally and globally. Indeed, SAR will provide our institution with an important enabling mechanism for our support of academic leaders, educators, researchers, and students around the world who are intimidated and under threat of violence.”
SAR has more than 600 members worldwide, including 28 (now 29) in Canada.
“Membership in SAR provides Waterloo members with multiple opportunities to engage internationally,” said Professor Ian Rowlands, Associate Vice-President, International at Waterloo. “The insights offered by the vast experience and significant expertise contained in the Network will serve to enrich our community immediately. Similarly, our own members will bring their knowledge and perspectives to enhance the global dialogue. Moreover, the opportunity to build an infrastructure locally to support hosting a scholar is another way in which Waterloo members will be able to become involved.”
With Russia’s continued attack on Ukraine displacing scholars in that region, and similar brutal and repressive conflicts raging across the world, Waterloo’s membership comes at a critical time for the preservation and advancement of important scholarship.
Waterloo’s membership in the SAR Network will contribute to advancing several of Waterloo’s strategic priorities, including the ways in which we strengthen sustainable and diverse communities. More specifically, as Waterloo aims to broaden its members’ understanding of, and engagement with, global communities, participation in the SAR Network will offer additional opportunities.
More information about Scholars at Risk can be found at its website. Waterloo International will be leading the university’s involvement, engaging in the kinds of activities listed on SAR’s ‘Get Involved’ website. Updates will be posted on Waterloo International’s International Opportunities page.
If Waterloo members have any questions or comments about our membership, they can contact Jessica Denenberg, Associate Director, International Relations at Waterloo International at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.