Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide. The network protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in the network. The University of Ottawa joined the Scholars at Risk Network in 2014.
Since January 2018, the team working in the Scholars at Risk (SAR) in the Americas Project has focused on identifying, verifying, and documenting incidents in several countries in the Americas. From 2018 until October 2022, the monitored countries were Venezuela, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti and Honduras. Starting in November 2022, the focus is on Venezuela, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Cuba. Based on the SAR Academic Monitoring Project methodology, the team analyzes regional trends to better understand the state of academic freedom in the Americas and supports initiatives to protect individuals and institutions affected by those threats and attacks.
Academic Advisors : Professors Isaac Nahon-Serfaty and João Velloso