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If you are an international educational non-governmental organization interested in partnering with ISOW, then please contact us. We are open to exploring new partnerships that will enable us to sponsor students from new parts of the world. 


To me, ISOW is an opportunity to empower Laurier students by applying what they learn in a meaningful response to the difficult realities of the world around us.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gavin Brockett, Associate Dean of Arts: Student Affairs and Learning
To me, ISOW is demonstrative of the power that education can have in bringing about positive and meaningful change.
President: Parker Beemer, Fourth Year History
To me, ISOW is demonstrative of the power that education can have in bringing about positive and meaningful change.
Vice President: Faith Laverty, Third Year Global Studies
To me, ISOW represents the first step towards the creation of an ideal world.
Treasurer: Kevin Kim, Third Year Business and Economics
To me, ISOW represents hope for the future: the hope that goodness can be found amongst conflict and pain, and the hope that actions really do create change
Secretary: Stephanie Lee, Third Year Global Studies
To me, ISOW is a group of people who are working to make our world better.
Scholar Liaison: Evgeniya Vashkevich, Third Year Computer Science
To me, ISOW is an incredible opportunity to develop applicable skills, work with amazing people, and have a real impact on the world around me.
Director: Events and Education: Esther Brockett, Third Year Global Studies
To me, ISOW is a chance for students in war-torn countries to experience an education and inspire hope.
Director: Public Affairs: Jamie Geisler, Fourth Year Economics and Social Entrepreneurship

Living in Canada, it is easy to take educational opportunities for granted. To me, ISOW means helping others to access this basic necessity. 
Director: Fundraising: Owen Henderson, Third Year Business 


To me, ISOW is a student-centered initative aiming to create tangible change in the world & empower Laurier student leaders.
Co-Director of Public Affairs: Hillary Kendrick, Third Year Political Science

To me, ISOW means the world to me! It is like a family, where everyone can find love, support and understanding! 
Assistant Director of Student Support: Diana Andreeva, First Year Business Administration and Financial Math 

To me, ISOW means helping people in need complete their education; something that should be a right, not a privilege. 
Assistant Director of Public Affairs: Jenna Beemer, First Year History

To me, ISOW is a student-led initiative that reflects Laurier's core values. One of my core values is to give back to the community and others, and ISOW is a great reflection of this. 
Assistant Director of Fundraising: Manmit Randhawa, First Year Communications 

To me, ISOW means that I have the opportunity to work with awesome like-minded people to achieve great things and support international scholars in their journey. It allows me to learn from others as well as contribute to my own knowledge. 
Assistant Director of Events: Savannah Guilbeault, Second Year Global Studies 

To me, ISOW is the opportunity to enhance and improve the educated lives of people across the globe. 
Assistant Director: Events and Education: Kloe Moore, Third Year Communication Studies 


The ISOW Student Club is led by an elected Executive and operates as a Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union club.
The Executive meets regularly during the school year and once in the summer for a retreat to plan the year ahead.


  • To take the lead in implementing the ISOW Laurier initiative in conjunction with Laurier International and the Faculty Advisor.
  • To administer the International Students Overcoming War undergraduate and graduate student levies.
  • To promote student learning and engagement through leadership opportunities, intercultural events, academic engagement, and meaningful community relationships.
  • To generate awareness and interest in the initiative so that it might continue to be an accountable partnership with student input.
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