York U Scholars Hub at Vaughan Public Libraries Speakers Series
Vaughan Public Libraries and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnershipbrings some of York’s top academic minds to Vaughan.
The series, titled ‘Environmental Changes,’ will feature talks and expertise from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, celebrating their 50th anniversary.
COST: FREE BUT PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Space for each talk is limited. Refreshments are provided.
Feb. 26, 2019 | Housing Refugees: What Have We Learned?
Valerie Preston (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies)
In the GTA, growing numbers of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers are living in hotels and shelters rather than permanent housing. A shortage of low-cost rental housing and rapid rent increases have exacerbated the difficulties of finding affordable, suitable, and adequate housing for newcomers. Based on interviews with immigrant-serving organizations across Canada, this talk reviews the strategies that helped house Syrian refugees successfully in 2015-16 and evaluates their current relevance for asylum seekers in the GTA.
This unique partnership is part of York University’s goals for community engagement and reputation-building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students and their families, and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions.