Our Local Committee Activity, and Some Future Plans

Our Local Committee is more active than ever! Yesterday’s meeting included a range of topics. From an event dispelling some myths surrounding refugee issues on November 9th, to a collaborative event in the winter semester about the barriers refugees face in getting their education once they get to Canada, to an International Forum hosted by WUSC headquarters in Montreal in January!

If any of these events interest you and you’d like to get involved, or you have new ideas for how we can shed light on refugee rights in our campus community, we want to hear from you! Send us a message on our facebook page (WUSC Guelph) or email us at wusc@uoguelph.ca. Hope to see you at our next Local Committee meeting, Mondays at 5:30pm in MCKN room 308!


We’re Recruiting For Fall 2016!


We are currently recruiting for next fall! We need 5 new support people for the Student Refugee Program as well as 2 people to be Co-chair of Events for the local committee!

At the end of this post are the job descriptions. Please read them over if you are interested. NOTE: The deadline for applications to all positions is this Friday, March 18, at midnight.

For a quick overview of the positions, please read this:

Are you an individual that is passionate about international development? More specifically are you interested in and passionate about refugee issues? If so, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) may be a great place for you to volunteer! Through a unique youth-to-youth sponsorship, WUSC’s SRP provides student refugees with an opportunity to pursue their education at a Canadian university and/or college, as permanent residents. Each year, the University of Guelph sponsors two or three students. As you may have heard, the university has also responded to the Syrian Refugee Crisis by agreeing to sponsor an additional two students. One of these students arrived in January and the other will be arriving in the fall with the three students we regularly sponsor. Each student is paired with a support team of three individuals from the University of Guelph which is what we are recruiting for now. Please see the job description attached for more information about this position! Feel free to contact Carly MacArthur, the Student Refugee Program Coordinator, at cmacarth@mail.uoguelph.ca if you have any additional questions.

If you don’t feel that being a support person is for you, you can also apply to become co-chair of events! Help WUSC plan events that are educational and raise awareness about topics such as refugee rights, refugee health or the challenges refugee girls face in the camps. Coordinate fundraisers to support WUSC initiatives such as the Student Refugee Program or the Shine A Light campaign. This is a great position if you are passionate, like connecting with people and like planning and coordinating fun activities! If you have additional questions about the positions please email Angela Sweeney, the Chair of the WUSC Local Committee at asween01@mail.uoguelph.ca.

Thank you very much, and we look forward to seeing your application!


University of Guelph Local Committee
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Click here to view the Support Person job description (2016-2017)

Click here to view the WUSC Co-Chairs of Events job description (2016-2017)

You Can Help Two Syrian Refugee Students Thrive at the UoG – Student Refugee Resettlement Crowdfunding Project

The University of Guelph has joined the international response to the dire refugee crisis by inviting two Syrian students to study for free for four years, with free housing and meal plans for their first two semesters.

The UoG Chapter of the World University Service of Canada (who already sponsors and provides support to two students yearly from international refugee camps and who are excited to provide the same services to these two additional students) is asking for financial support from the community to help these two deserving students thrive and learn in comfort during their full four years at the university.  All contributions will go towards their living expenses for years two through four – including housing, food, and additional course-related necessities.

No donation is too small to help these two students as they break the cycle of poverty and despair that befalls refugees.  Thank you so much for your support!

To access the Student Refugee Resettlement crowdfunding page, please click here.  We thank you very much for your support – it is going to make a huge difference!



Specific examples of where your contributions will be directed include:

  • $6,000 – Annual rent
  • $5,000 – Living expenses for the second year of studies
  • $1,500 – Travel to Canada
  • $1,000 – A laptop and cellphone
  • $500 – Settlement needs including winter clothing
  • $100 – Course books
  • $50 – School supplies
  • $25 – Long distance calling card to contact their families

Shine a Light on Women’s Education @ Open Mic Night November 18


With an education, girls in refugee camps are far more likely to avoid early marriage.  They are more likely to have healthy, spaced pregnancies.  Their children are more likely to survive beyond age 5 and become educated themselves.  Educated girls become empowered women and they help inspire and lead their families and communities out of poverty.

But in refugee camp classes, boys outnumber girls 4:1. 

Education is a powerful tool and without it few of us would reach our full potential. In refugee camps very few girls have the opportunity to pursue their education beyond primary school and without education these young people have no way out.

Let’s Shine a Light on what girls can achieve if they overcome the challenges they face in accessing education in the refugee camps.  WUSC will be holding a brief talk in the Bullring during Open Mic Night on Wednesday November 18th – please join us to learn more about how the University has helped provide girls with the tools they need to learn, to strive, and to succeed, and how we plan on doing so in the future.

UoG to Change Lives of 2 Syrian Refugee Students in 2016


We are beyond thrilled to announce that our university is to welcome 2 Syrian refugee students to study with us next year.  Here at WUSC we can’t wait to be a part of every step of the process that is to come.

When it comes to changing lives and improving life, the UoG truly is a school to be proud of.

Read the article about this exciting news on the university website.

See You Tomorrow @ Refugee Campus!

It’s finally here!  Come by the UC courtyard tomorrow and Friday anytime between 9:30 and 4:30 to experience Refugee Campus 2015.

Stay tuned for exact times for tomorrow’s Refugee Lunch, also to be held in the UC courtyard.  Spin the trivia wheel and fuel up on rice and beans or pizza between midterms while learning some eye-opening facts about what life is like for the millions of refugees around the world.

Thank you to Brass Taps for their contribution of food and the trivia wheel!

“I Shall Not Hate” at UoG: A Man’s Inspiring Commitment to Peace in the Face of Unthinkable Tragedy


We want to help spread the word about what is sure to be an extremely moving and inspiring event on campus coming up during Peace Week.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish witnessed an Israeli bomb kill three of his daughters and his niece in his Gaza Strip home moments before he was scheduled to be phone-interviewed on live television.  Six years after that anguished voice call, Dr. Abuelaish will be speaking at the University of Guelph on how he responded to unimaginable grief with a mission of peace and forgiveness, as he calls for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel.

Dr. Abuelaish, who himself was raised in a refugee camp, has won numerous humanitarian awards around the world and is the founder of “Daughters for Life”, a charity which provides scholarships and educational support to girls in the Middle East.  All donations from this event will go to “Daughters for Life”.

“I Shall NOT Hate”
Peter Clark Hall (downstairs UC)
Monday, October 26th
7:00-8:30 PM

Suggested donation at the door:
$10 public
$5 students

(Hosted by UoG’s Multi-Faith Resource Team)

RSVP here.