Welcoming CEGEP/college student refugees with a view to building more equitable and inclusive communities (F/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Stream: Embracing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Location: 519

In recent years, the college community has stepped up its role in protecting refugees under the auspices of the Student Refugee Program (SRP) administered by World University Service of Canada. The SRP—a one-of-a-kind program supported by the UN High Commission for Refugees—is designed to facilitate the sponsoring of young refugees forced to flee persecution or conflicts in their countries of origin that are undermining their post-secondary education. The SRP helps to develop collective intelligence at the college level by drawing on the strengths of community stakeholders (professors, students, social workers, guidance counsellors, etc.) within an exceptional collaborative network. By welcoming young refugees, the college community is helping not only to advance the cause of migratory justice, but also to build more welcoming, diverse and inclusive communities. The panel will present two case studies involving CEGEPs sponsoring student refugees. The presenters will discuss their sponsorship model with a view to inspiring other colleges and institutes to become involved in the program, to work towards greater social justice, to offer a high-quality education to a vulnerable population and to educate future citizens who are competent, engaged and open to the world. During this session, a student refugee enrolled in the SRP will share her views on colleges’ key role in welcoming and integrating refugees.

Annie Demers Caron, Professeure d'anthropologie, Cégep de Lévis
Denise Otis, Cheffe du bureau régional, Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) à Montréal
Marie-Andrée Payeur, Conseillère aux activités internationales, Collège Montmorency
Vanessa Ginette Kwizera, Étudiante PÉR, Cégep de Lévis
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4
Quality Education
Goal 10
Reduced Inequality