In the 2018-19 academic year, Scholars at Risk and Roger Williams University (RWU) embarked on a collaboration to expand and enhance the SAR Student Advocacy Seminar program by establishing RWU as the Coordinator for the seminars. RWU has been a leader in the seminars since being a founding participant in 2014.
Under SAR, Professor Adam Braver and a small team of Student Coordinators organize and support research and advocacy activities across seminars. Through maintaining regular communication with the seminars throughout the semester, they are able to share best practices, exchange updated information, and encourage dialogue and collaboration across seminars worldwide. Additionally, the team provides research and logistical support for the annual Student Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., and raises awareness about the SAR Student Advocacy Seminar program to new and interested institutions.
Through actively contributing to SAR’s advocacy work and partnering with Scholars at Risk, students are able to develop leadership and organizing skills in the field of human rights, while also becoming key partners in their institution’s and SAR’s efforts to protect scholars and the freedom to think, question and share ideas.