UWOFA donates to Scholars at Risk program

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association will donate $30,000 over the next three years to support the Western’s Scholars at Risk Committee.

This financial contribution marks the second such donation since 2016, bringing the Faculty Association’s total contribution to $60,000. UWOFA members approved the donation in a recent vote.

Western’s Scholars at Risk Committee is a collaborative effort with support from both UWOFA and the university administration. It implements the Scholars at Risk program at Western. To date Western has hosted four scholars. Currently the program is hosting assistant professor Shuchi Karim, who is originally from Bangladesh, in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.

Western is one of over 20 university members of the Canadian section of Scholars at Risk, founded in 2012, which is itself part of an international network based in New York. Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being, in part by arranging positions of sanctuary for those forced to flee. In most cases this is a one-semester or one-year position as a visiting scholar, researcher or professor at a higher education institution in a safe location. Scholars at Risk also provides advisory services for displaced scholars who are struggling to restart their lives and their careers in their new location. Since the network’s founding in 2000, more than 700 scholars have found sanctuary and hundreds more have benefited from advisory and referral services.

Western’s Scholars at Risk Committee shows Western’s commitment to the overall international program. UWOFA’s contribution is a demonstration of our members’ support for academic colleagues in need of assistance due to perilous circumstances. UWOFA’s contribution goes directly to funding the salaries of scholars hosted by Western.