12th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies Student Conference @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 12 @ 8:30 AM – Oct 13 @ 5:00 PM

Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement 

Keynote Speaker: Nevzat Soguk Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

To register for the conference:

To register for the keynote speech:

Canada India Symposium @ Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College
Oct 13 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Robarts Centre is hosting, along with Dahdaleh Global Health Research Institute, York Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Refugee Studies and the Consulate General of India in Toronto, the Canada India Symposium. The Symposium aims to highlight and showcase the existing research and collaboration between Canada and India. It will also identify bottlenecks, challenges, and factors that underpin success. Bringing together academics, diplomats, policy makers, technocrats, and the business community,  the Symposium will explore future opportunities and collaborations between Canada and India that can help foster new research, policy and innovation processes. Lastly, the Symposium will explore how Canadians can build better long-term relationships with their Indian counterparts.

The Symposium will be held on October 13, 2017 at York University. For more detailed information about the Symposium and location, please visit the Canada India Symposium Website.

2017-2018 Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign First Meeting @ 280N York Lanes
Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The 2017-2018 Refugees Welcome Here! campaign is getting underway! We want YOU to join us!

Please come out to our first meeting and learn how YOU can get involved and make a difference.

Please invite your friends and RSVP on our facebook event page !

Now in its 3rd year, the goals of the YorkU Refugees Welcome Here! campaign have been to work collaboratively with and to educate York students and the wider community about refugee issues and encourage students and community members to work together to address them. In this space the University’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, students and student groups share what they are doing and think of ways to collaborate in this field.

We are looking for students that want to get involved!

Prior years’ activities have included:

– Refugees Welcome Here! messaging & photography
– a Winter coat drive for the FCJ Refugee Centre
– paying off the transportation loans of Keele Campus WUSC (York students!) sponsored refugee students (see )
– Refugees Welcome Here! Week (February)
– Planning and participating in Toronto’s Refugee Rights Month (April)
– Volunteering as interpreters and on Syrian refugee sponsorship teams

You can read more about what we’ve done together in prior years at

Questions? Please contact us at .

Please fill in this questionnaire to get involved !

Please invite your friends and RSVP on our facebook event page, and join us October 16th!

Can’t come? Even if you can’t come, please fill in our volunteer form at to make sure you get involved!

RSTP Workshop: Transitioning to Month 13 and “Post-Sponsorship”: Workshop and Discussion @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 17 @ 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM

12:15-2:30 (Month 13 Workshop)
2:30-3:30 (Reception)

Please RSVP here:

York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Syria Response and Refugee Initiative are hosting a workshop by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors and the interested public.

Sponsors and attendees will learn about:

·      The post-sponsorship relationship and the dynamics of this relationship

·      When sponsors need to start preparing newcomers for Month13; and

·      The role of sponsors during the “transition period,” including important tasks to consider


Suneet Kharay, RSTP National Trainer

Karen Anderson,
Supervisor, Direct Program, Yonge Eglinton Employment and Social Services

Suneet Kharay will deliver the RSTP workshop and discussion while Karen Anderson from Toronto Employment and Social Services will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for social assistance (Ontario Works).

Event Organizer and Contact: John Carlaw,,  Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, Centre for Refugee Studies

**Please note: this session is not an introduction to refugee sponsorship, to find such a session/learn more about other workshops and events offered by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) please visit .