Message from Georgian President Kevin Weaver, responding to events in Iran and Afghanistan

Oct. 4, 2022

As events of the past couple of weeks come to light and the world reacts in protest, I want to speak out in support of our Georgian College students and employees who are especially affected.

Starting with the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, while in the custody of Iran’s morality police – to the Sept. 30 attack in Kabul on an education centre where young women came to a practice university entrance exam, killing more than 20 people.

These recent incidents of violence against women and girls for exercising basic human rights and access to education are intolerable. As an ally, spouse, father and college president, I cannot stand by and be silent.

Kevin

Georgian is committed to being a place where everyone feels seen, heard and is a place where they belong. I’m personally committed to that mission and to the advancement of human rights and gender equality.

I understand these events have caused great concern and anxiety for many in our Georgian community, especially those who have connections to these regions, and I stand in support of you. If you are hurting, please reach out if you need someone to talk to.


Supports

For students:

To book a counselling appointment, email studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca or call 1.877.722.1523. For after-hours counselling support, connect with a Good2Talk counsellor 24/7. Call the helpline at 1.866.925.5454 or text “GOOD2TALKON” at 686868.

Are you an international student studying at Georgian from your home country? Access confidential support 24/7 via keep.meSAFE. To contact keep.meSAFE call 1.416.380.6578 or download the My SSP App.

For employees:

Please contact Employee and Family Assistance Program by calling 1.844.880.9142 or visit WorkHealthLife.


Learn more

Professor Dr. Fariba Molki, a member of the Georgian College and Iranian-Canadian communities, has shared her personal reflection about human rights in Iran.

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