Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge: Year in Review
In collaboration with OCAD University, University of Toronto and York University
The Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) was launched on July 20, 2015 to respond to what has been described as “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”. Encouraged by former Ryerson University President, Sheldon Levy, and with the support of the Ryerson Executive Team, faculty, staff, students and partners, we launched with the aim of encouraging the Ryerson community to form 11 teams to each privately sponsor a Syrian refugee family, totaling 44 people. We called on other post-secondary institutions across the country to do the same. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer coordinator, we mobilized 100 students, staff and faculty to support the effort, and with the work of committed staff, we created a rocking website that made it easy to join in, volunteer, sponsor or donate.