Scholars-at-Risk

In 2012, CUASA initiated discussion around the University’s new initiative bearing the name of “Scholars-at-Risk” (SAR). Based in New York, SAR “protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in the network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.” This initiative became a reality in October 2013. The University of Ottawa later joined the initiative thereby making a joint initiative. We now even have a student chapter of SAR on campus! Clearly, CUASA is, and should be, proud to have launched such a noteworthy campaign. As a result of long negotiations between CUASA and the University, Carleton along with the University of Ottawa, hosted their first joint Scholar-at-Risk in the Department of Law, last year.

Note that CUASA’s contribution involves a yearly $15,000 commitment from faculty (which the University matches) and we are VERY SHORT of that target this year. We are already in discussions with our next scholar but need your commitment to make this a reality! Does it seem like we’re asking for a lot? For example, if a group of 12 dedicated CUASA members donated $25 per week, every week, annually, we would reach our goal every year! You can donate at the future funder website (https://futurefunder.carleton.ca/giving-fund/scholars-at-risk-fund-giving/) or make a one-time donation, if you prefer. Please give so that a “Scholar-at-Risk” may experience freedom of speech, thought, and other such freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted here.

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