The Simon Fraser University or “SFU” Local Committee has been part of the WUSC network since 1981 and in that time has sponsored over 90 students through WUSC’s Student Refugee Program. SFU welcomes 6 students every year, making them one of the largest sponsors in the country. In 2021, as a response to the crisis in Afghanistan, SFU committed to sponsoring an additional 2 students who they welcomed in 2022. This mobilization of funds demonstrates the SFU Local Committee’s strong partnerships with administrative offices on campus.
SRP students who go to SFU not only have an enriching academic experience, but also enter into a warm and welcoming environment where they can learn the skills they need to succeed. During the 2021-2022 school year where not all activities were able to resume in person, the Local Committee found ways to support and engage SRP students online like through game nights and activities. When in-person activities were allowed, the Local Committee prioritized social engagement by going on trips to local nature attractions.
In the 2021-2022 year, the SFU Local Committee improved the initial settlement support provided to SRP students. They held workshops on food and nutrition, financial literacy, housing options, career building, and mental health. In addition to weekly workshops, they developed an online course that SRP students can continually access to improve these life skills.