IIE-SRF Summit 2014

An Inaugural Summit of the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund

"Protecting Threatened Scholars during Repression, Crisis and Conflict"

October 24, 2014 | 809 United Nations Plaza | New York

Download the Summit Agenda (88 KB, PDF)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) held the inaugural IIE-SRF Summit, "Protecting Threatened Scholars: Collective Action during Repression, Crisis and Conflict" on October 24, 2014 at IIE's New York headquarters at 809 United Nations Plaza.

The Summit brought together over 100 participants from the international community including: representatives from universities and colleges; human rights actors and organizations; philanthropic donors; and education leaders. The Summit convened to discuss the topic of protecting threatened scholars to increase awareness of the contributions that many partners make to this effort.

The importance of collective action to protect the world’s most threatened academics was underscored throughout the day with the goal of fostering greater collaboration across sectors and promoting awareness of the causes of scholar persecution and the resources available to combat its consequences.

Panel discussions highlighted best practices and explored spaces of cross-sector collaboration to:

  • address urgent concerns related to the academic emergencies in Syria and Iraq,
  • explore innovative resource allocation,
  • share original IIE-SRF research and related work by our partners, and
  • develop strategies to enhance our collective efforts to protect threatened scholars.

We were delighted to have the Honorable Michael H. Posner, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department and co-founder of the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU's Stern School of Business, offer a keynote address at the Summit in which he encouraged participants to "think beyond the obvious" in collective action.

The Summit connected IIE-SRF alumni, current IIE-SRF fellows, and university partners and introduced new partners to foster the development of innovative collaborations to enhance the global effort to protect threatened scholars.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to all who came together to make the 2014 IIE-SRF Summit possible!

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