Thompson Rivers University

WUSC TRU works to implement Student Refugee Program

February 3, 2017

WUSC TRU Co-Chairs Jasmine McMillen and Katie Hawker with Dr. Airini (Dean, EDSW) and Dr. Juliana West (Assistant Prof., SSWHS)

WUSC TRU, a student-led Local Committee of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – a Canadian non-profit focused on global development and empowering disadvantaged youth around the world – is working to bring WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) to the TRU campus. Through the SRP, student-led Local Committees sponsor refugee students from around the world to study at their universities in Canada. Canadian universities have been sponsoring students through the SRP for over thirty years, and over 1,500 refugee students have been sponsored under WUSC Local Committees. WUSC TRU is working to implement the SRP at TRU to provide refugee students hope through education. Bachelor of Social Work students and WUSC TRU Co-Chairpersons Jasmine McMillen and Katie Hawker report that, since joining TRU in September 2015, the club’s membership has doubled, and they have been working to raise awareness on campus and in the community by hosting a number of fundraisers. As of December 2016, the TRU WUSC club had raised $6300.06 for this initiative, and work is underway on introducing a levy to guarantee the success and sustainability of the SRP at TRU. For more information on the program, e-mail

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