March 7 Dinner to Support Syrian Student Refugees

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A fundraising dinner to support Syrian student refugees will be held March 7 at the University of Guelph.

The event is sponsored by World University Service of Canada (WUSC), an international development organization based in Ottawa, and the Multi-Faith Resource Team from U of G’s Student Life.

Proceeds will help support two Syrian refugee students at U of G in partnership with WUSC.

The event in Peter Clark Hall will include entertainment and Syrian cuisine. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for students and $50 for members of the general public, and are available online or at Alumni House.

U of G welcomed biology student Sara Kuwatly to campus at the start of the winter semester. Originally from Syria, she arrived as a specially sponsored student under the Student Refugee Program run by the local WUSC chapter. A second student is expected to start at Guelph in the fall semester.

Students and others are helping raise funds to cover living and study costs for both students.

The University will offer English-language training to local Syrian refugees through its Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) office, part of Languages Canada. U of G will also support student volunteers working with refugees and community agencies.