On October 14, 2017, Jusoor will hold its Fifth Annual Global Conference titled #RefugeesWelcome, Canada’s Response to the Syrian Crisis and the Road Ahead at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to tackle the problems facing refugee resettlement in Canada and around the world.
Since November 2015, 40,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada. Jusoor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Syrian youth and refugees around the world continue their education, will bring together entrepreneurs, refugees themselves, students, academics, activists, policymakers, and experts to ask an important question– how can we do it better? The day will be filled with interactive sessions, a competition and a charity gala dinner, which will include a fireside chat with entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO of Danby Appliances Jim Estill, who in 2016 and 2017 helped resettle 58 families in Canada. Jusoor will also present Estill with an award for his humanitarian work.
Entrepreneurs, developers, and innovators will also present their innovative solutions to the refugee crisis (in Canada and internationally) to a panel of judges during our Disruptor Lab Competition. Finalists will pitch their project at the conference and compete for cash prizes in the three categories of Education and Learning, Career and Economic Development, and Policy Disruption, as well as the opportunity to win an incubation and acceleration program package with The DMZ at Ryerson University, the leading university-based business incubator in North America.
The conference will also include workshops on Youth Led Initiatives, where we will talk to students who have started their own initiatives for refugees in higher education; Community Host Programs and Private Sponsorship Model, where we will hear from the real experiences from engaged volunteers and sponsor groups and resettled families; and the Best Practices in Social Integration, where we will invite leaders from local NGOs, resettlement agencies, university campuses, and community groups to discuss the best practices of social integration and what needs to change. This year’s conference panels will focus on the opportunities of social and economic integration through higher education as career advancement. For more information on speakers, please visit https://jusoorsyria.com/fifth-annual-global-conference/.
We will also have numerous Jusoor scholars available for interview, including our newest cohort of students from our 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program, which aims to help 100 Syrian women continue their university education over the next three years. The women all recently arrived from either Syria or the surrounding countries and each has a distinct story of displacement, struggle and hope. The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the University of California Davis estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 Syrian youth are currently displaced from higher education. In particular, the rate of participation by women, once close to 50%, has reached the single digits.
The night will end with an art auction, which will showcase the work of both Syrian and Arab artists. The proceeds of the auction will benefit Canada-based Syrian students..
Media representatives can register for the conference here: https://goo.gl/v8Hvgv