Supporting Syrian Newcomers Project

President Turpin with Syrian students
President David Turpin with recipients of the President's Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Sept. 2016.


The President’s Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons provides financial support to Syrian students at the University of Alberta. Two award recipients began their studies in January.

Read about one of our new students and the volunteers supporting him.

Call for Volunteers

The President’s Award is providing financial support to five new Syrian students for the upcoming academic year. These male and female students are coming to us through WUSC directly from asylum countries in the Middle East.  We want to ensure these students feel welcome and have our support as they settle into life on campus and our city. 

Show your support for new Syrian students

We are now recruiting volunteers -- students, staff, faculty, alum or community members.  We are building small teams of diverse volunteers to support each student. 

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Welcome students at the airport, 
  • Help students settle into campus and community life and 
  • Provide social support  
Volunteers must commit their time for one year with the expectation of being in touch with a student a minimum of two times a month. Volunteers are also expected to include a student dinner or an activity two times per term.  
 
Volunteers must commit to training sessions:

  • Thursday, July 6, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 13, 5:00 – 9:00 pm 
Both sessions are mandatory.
 
Ready to make this commitment? Apply now to become a volunteer.
 
Apply Now


 

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