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In the news: University of Iowa plans to bring scholars at risk to campus

April 7th, 2021

Eleanor Hildebrandt, The Daily Iowan

The University of Iowa will open its doors to provide sanctuary to at-risk scholars as it joins the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund Alliance.

The alliance was created in 2002 and has offered various scholars safety in a variety of situations. The Scholar Rescue Fund’s Grants and Communications Specialist Laura Ormsby wrote in an email to The Daily Iowan that the Institute of International Education was founded in 1919 and has supported temporary academic homes at colleges and universities since then.

“Protecting the lives and scholarship of threatened professors and researchers has always been at the core of IIE’s mission,” she wrote. “…For many scholars, they are coming from situations where their professional and personal circumstances have been very difficult, and many undertake their fellowship appointments in new and unfamiliar academic environments.”