REQUEST FOR ACTION BY THE ASUCI SENATE 
 
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Item Number: 14 Legislation Number (B: Bill, R: Resolution): R52-12
Author:   Zeina Mousa   Second:  Tracy La, Murad Aldoghmi, Tin Hong, Jude Noureldine, Grecia Orozco, Ashley Ono, Taylor Chanes, Selma Hassane, Mohamed Abdelrahman, Lydia Natoolo
Synopsis: RESOLUTION: UCI Membership in the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis and Support for Displaced Students, Including Syrians
Date of Presentation: 2016-10-18
 

Whereas, the number of Syrian refugees now exceeds four million individuals, of which 450,000 individuals are between the ages of 18 and 22;[1]

 

Whereas, based on prewar enrollment rates, 90,000 to 110,000 Syrian students were qualified for university admission;[2]

 

Whereas, Syrians face an “academic emergency” due to a breakdown of higher education within their country, resulting from frequent attacks on university campuses, destroyed facilities, closed campuses, and dangerous roads leading to campuses;[3]

 

Whereas, the maintenance of a population of educated students and the prevention of a “lost generation” is necessary for the post-conflict development of Syria;

 

Whereas, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is addressing this emergency by creating the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, which includes universities and colleges worldwide who offer scholarships to assist Syrian students;[4]

 

Whereas, dozens of institutions in the United States, including the University of Southern California, Tufts University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Bryn Mawr College, Michigan State University, and others have joined the consortium and are offering scholarships to Syrian students;[5]

 

Whereas, the University of California has a “compelling interest in making sure that people from all backgrounds perceive access to the University is possible for talented students … from all groups” and seeks to prepare students “to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society,” and displaced Syrian students would provide a unique contribution to this academic mission;[6] and

 

Whereas, University of California, Irvine students are seeking to assist Syrian refugees through campus-wide fundraisers, collection drives, and hundreds of UCI students have pledged support for a campaign to join the IIE Consortium;[7]

 

Now, therefore, let it be resolved that the Associated Students of the University of California Irvine advocates for the University of California, Irvine to join the IIE’s Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis to commit to offering increased academic seats and funding to students displaced by conflict, notably Syrian students, in the form of partial or full scholarships, by no later than the end of the 2016-17 academic year; and

 

Be it further resolved that ASUCI recommends that the University of California, Irvine Office of Provost release a statement detailing the funding for reserved scholarships and spaces that it will provide to educationally displaced students, including Syrians, by no later than the end of the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

 


 

[1] http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php

[2] http://www.uis.unesco.org/DataCentre/Pages/country-profile.aspx?code=SYR&regioncode=40525

[3] http://www.iie.org/Blog/2012/November/Syria-ESF#.V_wAN2V-i-I

[4] http://www.iie.org/Programs/Syria-Scholarships#.V_wArmV-i-I

[5] http://www.iie.org/Programs/Syria-Scholarships/Join-the-Consortium#.V_wA0GV-i-I

[6] http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html

[7] http://books-not-bombs.com

 
Referred to: Committee on:
Vote Required: Majority FINAL VOTE: Passed YEA: 11 NAY: 0  ABS: 0
 
THE SENATE OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE ON THE DATE OF 2016-10-18 HAS TAKEN ACTION ON THIS LEGISLATION.    
   
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