Scholars at Risk Canada Student Advocacy Day

The HRC hosted Canada’s first Scholars at Risk (SAR) Student Advocacy Day and engaged with students, faculty, and community of activists working to promote and protect academic freedom and human rights. The SAR Canada Advocacy Day aimed to bring together Canadian students at all academic levels, SAR student groups and representatives, as well as community members from across the country to discuss and learn about key areas of concern and advocacy as it relates to academic freedom in higher education. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about SAR-related projects at Canadian universities and advocacy options for faculty and student researchers. The event included an opening address on solidarity, individual roundtable discussions on focus regions, interactive workshops, and a keynote panel.

This event was hosted in collaboration with the Scholars at Risk Network (based out of NYU) and the UBC Human Rights Collective (based out of UBC ORICE).


Thursday March 31st, 2022


9:30-3:30pm PST / 12:30-6:30 EST


This event was hosted virtually on Zoom.

Event Structure

Note: for more details about each session abstract and speaker bios, see the following page 

Time (PST)AgendaSpeakers
9:30-10:00 amOpening Address - What is Solidarity?Dr. Shuchi Karim
10:00- 11:00 amFirst Concurrent Session
Roundtable 1.1 - Middle East and North AfricaDr. Laurie Brand
Timothy Chiu
Roundtable 1.2 - Eastern EuropeDr. Tatsiana Chulitskaya
Dr. Evren Altinkas
Emma Sitland
Janelle Deniset
11:00- 11:30amBreak
11:30- 12:30pmSecond Concurrent Session
Roundtable 2.1 - Latin AmericaSalvador Herencia
Hari Lavelle
Danilo Molina Aguilo
Roundtable 2.2 - State of Academic Freedom in CanadaDr. Paul Axelrod
Dr. Alison Hearn
Krystal Go
Jaerin Kim
Serena Karevich
Emilia Vera Romero
12:30-1:00pmLunch Break
1:00-2:00pmThird Concurrent Session
Skills workshop: Student Advocacy Through Government and Elected OfficialsAndrea Reimer
Faculty session - Running SAR EngagementshipsDr. Jenny Peterson
Tamara Baldwin
Prof Adam Braver
Dr. Neil Armitage
Dr. Nandini Ramanujam
2:00-3:30 pmClosing Keynote Panel: Sustaining Solidarity: Hope and Communities of CareShanel Feller
Nastya Mozolevych