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Resources and ways to support scholars in Afghanistan

August 18, 2021

Dear students, faculty and staff, 

As president of SFU, I am proud of the diversity of our community. Our students, faculty and staff come from countries around the world, and they bring important knowledge and ideas with them. Indeed, a research university cannot flourish without global knowledge and ideas. 

World events, such as the recent takeover of the government in Afghanistan, can deeply affect members of the SFU community. If you have ties to Afghanistan, I know this is a difficult time. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and reach out if you need support

There is work underway across SFU to support scholars in Afghanistan through our partnership with Scholars at Risk (SAR), an organization that protects scholars around the world suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being. SFU International is working closely with SAR to support scholars who are currently in Afghanistan and identify opportunities for these scholars to teach, research and study at SFU.  

If you know a scholar who is currently in Afghanistan or if you are aware of an opportunity for a scholar to join our community at SFU, contact Gretchen Ferguson, Director, Global Engagement with SFU International. You may also contact Scholars at Risk directly.  

Our Advancement and Alumni Engagement team is raising funds to support these scholars and their families. Funds will be allocated to Scholars at Risk. Learn how these funds can help Afghan scholars and consider donating if you are able.  

Academic freedom is essential to scholarship, and SFU will take action to support scholars however we can.  

Sincerely, 

Joy Johnson