Visiting Scholars Program

Afghan women with signs

In 2022 the SJSU Human Rights Institute will begin serving as a resource and host for visiting international scholars. As part of this effort, we are also joining the New University in Exile Consortium, led by our colleagues at The New School. The point of the SJSU HRI Visiting Scholars Program [VSP] is to provide intellectual opportunities for scholars and educational opportunities for our students, faculty, and community members through their work. We are happy to announce that our first (3) Visiting Scholars have been selected from Afghanistan, in order to assist those fleeing political conditions under the Taliban and a current (preventable) humanitarian crisis now threatening over 23 million Afghans with famine. On August 15th, 2021, the day that the Afghan government fell to the Taliban regime, the SJSU HRI worked with partners to help evacuate Afghan scholars, journalists, and activists to help them reach safety and connect with universities offering opportunities in the U.S. As part of these efforts, the SJSU HRI partnered with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center to raise over $400,000 to host Visiting Scholars and their families at our respective institutions. Our invited scholars are currently in the process to get their visas approved, and we are hopeful for their arrival before the end of the 2021-22 AY. We will make sure to post updates on their arrival and the plans for their work (a digital storytelling project on the Afghan diaspora following the U.S. war in Afghanistan) here in the coming weeks and months.

Afghanistan Emergency Response crowdfunding campaign

Halima Kazem filming an interview in Kabul 2019

Community Support for SJSU/ UCB Scholars

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SJSU & UCB FAQ for Scholars, Community, and Universities

See our joint FAQ page to address questions regarding the Visiting Scholars Program, resources for Afghans, and information on how universities, law schools, or research programs help right now.

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