The “Educators in Emergencies: University Responses to Humanitarian Crises” conference will be held on March 5 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. The conference, hosted by International Students Overcoming War (ISOW) at Laurier, will feature the Hon. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and former Laurier Chancellor. The conference will examine how Canadian and American universities have responded to the humanitarian emergencies, particularly the Syrian refugee crisis. The conference will welcome attendees and speakers from Ontario and the United States.
The conference will feature a series of panels on university responses, as well as supporting the mental wellness of students from countries in conflict and how student leadership can facilitate humanitarian action. It will end with a brain-storming session on the ways in which students, staff, faculty, and community members can mobilize universities towards humanitarian action.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chambers at Laurier. Doors open at 8 a.m.
Mr. Rae’s keynote address will be held at Lazaridis Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow.
ISOW is a student-run and student-funded initiative at Laurier that provides scholarships to students from areas of conflict. Since 2015, ISOW has sponsored 19 students to study at the university for the duration of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Registration for the full-day conference.
Registration for Bob Rae's keynote address.