With your financial support, Carleton University will emerge as a global leader in the fight for academic freedom and human rights.

Support Scholars at Risk by funding our efforts to provide a safe environment within our institution for scholars whose lives are threatened due to the nature of their academic work. We ask our alumni, faculty members, staff and the larger Ottawa community to invest in academic solidarity by donating here on Giving Tuesday.

The Background

Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities, and promoting academic freedom worldwide. Our role at Carleton is to be one of the academic institutions within this network which provides threatened scholars the safety and support needed to continue their work.

Giving Tuesday, on November 27th, is an opportunity for you – alumni and faculty – to place our university within the ranks of global leaders fighting for academic freedom. This dollar-for-dollar matching offered by Carleton University is a great opportunity to enhance our ability to protect and sustain academia worldwide. Furthermore, the scholars that we will have the honour to host here at Carleton will provide our students as well as faculty and staff with a uniquely enriching academic experience.

The Rollout

When you invest in Scholars at Risk, you’re investing in the protection of knowledge and the world of ideas which will together advance our societies towards better, brighter futures.

At Scholars at Risk-Carleton, we arrange one to two-year appointments in host departments across the university in partnership with the Scholars at Risk Network and the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF). Currently we are hosting two scholars; one from Iran and the other from Yemen.

Our goal for this fundraising campaign is to raise $10,000 on Giving Tuesday. These funds will go towards salaries for the scholars, living arrangements, administrative fees, research costs, and more. Essentially, they will enable us to continue our mandate of protecting and supporting future scholars at risk and their ideas.

The Impact

From our scholars at risk, in their own words:

My family and I escaped war in Yemen going north to Saudi Arabia but we could not stay there. We left Saudi Arabia heading north again to the US but it did not work there either. We left the US heading north yet again to Canada and we loved it. This beautiful country of Canada is the true north; exactly the way it says in Canada’s national anthem.

In war, in Yemen, to survive is a one day at a time struggle, that was why my family and I escaped to Saudi Arabia in which survival became one month at a time but the Saudi authorities refused to grant me a work permit. Then we moved to Canada via the United States. I had an 18 month work contract with the university of Oklahoma and now I have a one year contract with Carleton University. Right now our status has become a one year at a time struggle which is a significant improvement in our strife for stability and constant living. “

  • Professor Mustafa Bahran (2018)

I love teaching and I’m excited to engage with young energetic students. I am looking forward to teaching Kurdish, a language that despite being official in Iraq, could be considered threatened in many parts of the world (including Turkey and Iran). The Kurds, being the largest stateless nation in the world, cannot learn and teach their language in the school system of those countries.”

  • Professor Rahim Surkhi, School of Linguistics and Languages Studies (2017-’18)

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For further information, please contact Ms. Norah Vollmer by phone at (613) 520-2600 ext. 4156, or by email at norah.vollmer@carleton.ca.

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