The ISOW Scholarship provides full funding to international students whose lives have been disrupted by violent conflict at home.
To realize its vision, the ISOW student club works with the University to formally partner with educational non-governmental organizations to locate and support future Scholars. Through these Scholarships, both undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will have an equal opportunity to obtain an education and develop important skills that they can apply upon return to their home countries.
Through these Scholarships both undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will have an equal opportunity to obtain an education and develop important skills that they can apply upon return to their home countries.
HIBA - Studies Biology as an undergraduate
MAYAR - Studies Physics as an undergraduate
MEERA - Studies Business and Marketing as an undergraduate
RASHA - Studies Computer Science as an undergraduate
JUDY - Studies Computer Science as an undergraduate
MAY - Studying Cultural Analysis and Social Theory as an MA student
FARAH - Graduated from Business and Economics. She will be pursuing an MA in Economics at the University of Toronto this September, 2016
In its current manifestation the ISOW Educational Initiative is not a formal university program, however it does contribute significantly to student learning both inside and beyond the classroom. It promotes student understanding of the complex realities of conflict through participation in a variety of academic activities related to international conflict in which Laurier faculty are currently engaged.
· Specialized Directed Studies Courses that cater to student interest in learning about international conflict as well as the management of a humanitarian initiative.
· Faculty research and teaching from various disciplinary perspectives about the politics and lived experiences of conflict.
· Field courses that introduce students to diverse regions of the world and the people who live in them.
· Globally-connected classrooms that enable our students to engage with people who live in the midst of the realities of conflict today.
In the future specially designed courses might bring together sponsored WUSC and ISOW Scholars along with domestic Laurier students to study together and engage in structured intercultural education.
The ISOW student club includes an Executive whose members fulfill various roles vital to managing the ISOW Scholarship Program.
· Negotiating and designing partnerships with educational NGOs
· Managing the funds from the ISOW student levy
· Fundraising to augment the student levy
· Supporting and caring for ISOW Scholars
· Organizing public educational events
· Communicating and Promoting the initiative in the community
The student Executive works closely with a faculty advisor and Laurier Staff. In the process they learn specific skills related to their responsibilities as well leadership that will benefit them in their future endeavors.
In the future, these positions might be formally structured as credit earning academic courses in appropriate disciplines. Students would enroll in directed studies courses under faculty guidance while actively engaging and learning from Laurier’s professional staff.
ISOW’s mission includes engaging Laurier students on the impact of international conflicts to promote intercultural learning and globally engaged citizenship.
We hope that by hosting events which focus on the celebration of international cultures and the realities experienced faced by people who live in the midst of international conflict that Laurier students and the broader community will develop deeper intercultural understanding.
(A part of Community Engagement)
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