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Student Led Advocacy and the “Scholars in Prison” Project: Experiential Learning and Critical Knowledge(s) in International Relations

William J. Shelling II and Jenny H. Peterson recently published a piece on student seminars in a book titled 'Signature Pedaogies in International Relations'

Scholars at Risk Advocacy Days

What are Advocacy days? As part of the SAR Global Congress Student Advocacy Days are a chance for students and faculty to meet with DC-based officials, embassies and agencies to discuss cases of at-risk and imprisoned scholars & students. Student advocacy days run annually, often as an independent event, however this year they will be […]

Human Rights Advocacy: Student Opportunity Webinar

  Are you an Arts student at UBC, looking for meaningful & tangible hands-on experience surrounding human rights advocacy? Join us on August 11th and chat with Dr. Jenny Peterson and other Scholars at Risk leaders on campus to learn more about the SAR initiative, as well as possible co-curricular engagement opportunities for students in […]

Promoting Racial Justice: A Letter from SAR & Survey


Free Course – Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters

In a free course offered by the University of Oslo in partnership with Scholars at Risk and Future Learn, explore the meaning of academic freedom and how it relates to core higher education and societal values.

Current Advocacy at UBC: Dr. Djalali

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali is scholar of disaster medicine who has been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Dr. Djalali is an Iranian-born resident of Sweden, who teaches at universities in Italy and Belgium, and whose work involves frequent international scientific collaboration. Since his arrest in April 2016, Dr. Djalali has been refused medical care despite […]

Free to Think 2020

Around the world, attacks on scholars, students, staff, and their institutions occur with alarming frequency. These attacks are carried out by a range of state and non-state actors, including armed militants and extremist groups, police and military forces, government authorities, off-campus groups, and even members of higher education communities, among others. Through its Academic Freedom […]

About Us

The Scholars At Risk initiative at UBC spans across the three arms of SAR’s work – protection, learning, and advocacy. Led by Dr. Jenny Peterson, the experiential human rights research project is funded by the UBC PURE grant. Through this project, we will develop resources and support faculty across multiple departments to integrate SAR human rights research […]