Scholar Rescue Program Provides Academic Safe Haven on Campus

International Scholar Rescue Fund Publication Features Trinity as Model Host Partner

Hartford, CT, June 11, 2015 – Since 2008, Trinity has provided a safe haven for scholars suffering severe and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers because of their academic work in their home countries. These rescue scholars have been able to continue their academic work at Trinity in safety.

The newsletter of the International Institute of Education’s (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund recently featured Trinity’s participation in its program, describing the College as “a model host partner” and quoting Xiangming Chen, dean and director of Trinity’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS). In the article, Chen describes the various fields of study that Trinity’s rescue scholars have specialized in: economics, environmental science, history, sociology, urban and regional planning, and watershed management. “Their presence and contributions help Trinity students and faculty see the world in new ways,” said Chen.

Xiangming Chen, dean and director of Trinity's Center for Urban and Global Studies 
 The College has hosted six scholars to date: two from Iran and one each from Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan,  Iraq, and, currently, a scholar from Belarus, who will teach two courses in the fall: “The History of Urbanism in Eastern Europe” and “Ukraine and Belarus in Historical Perspective.” Read about Belarusian scholar Uladzimir Kanaoavich on Page 7 of the most recent issue of the CUGS newsletter, The Urban Planet.

Trinity’s scholar rescue program is a one-year fellowship supported jointly by the IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and the Scott Michael Johnson ’97 Memorial Fund. Scholars have the opportunity to stay on for an additional year if they apply and are approved by IIE and Trinity College before the end of their first year. 

The Scott Michael Johnson ’97 Memorial Fund was established by former chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees Tom Johnson ’62, Hon. ’05, P’97, and his wife, Ann. They initiated the fund in honor of their son Scott, a member of the Trinity College Class of 1997 who lost his life in the World Trade Center on September 11,
2001. The Johnson Fund supports rescue scholars while they are in residence at Trinity.