We are delighted to be hosting a Somerville-Mansfield Celebration of Sanctuary to mark our joint status as the University’s first Colleges of Sanctuary. We are extremely proud that our commitment to supporting the rights and education of refugee students and academics over the past century has been marked in this way and we are determined to continue to make our Colleges places of welcome, safety and inclusion in an increasingly hostile environment for millions of displaced people.
We are thrilled to have 5 Sanctuary Scholars at Somerville this year whom we are inviting to join special guest Dr Xand van Tulleken (1996, Physiological Sciences) as speakers for our panel discussion alongside Afghan child rights activist, Freshta Karim (2016, MPP). The panel will be moderated by Natasha Kaplinsky and there will be plenty of time for audience questions before a drinks reception at 18:30.
All are welcome for what promises to be a stimulating discussion on the importance of sanctuary today and the role universities and colleges can play in providing refuge.