Committee

The OXSRC wants to represent the full Oxford University student body and as such its committee members have  a variety of backgrounds and fields of study.

President

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Thaís Roque

Thaís is currently reading for a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering. Through her degree she has been able to gain the ability to develop innovative ways to solve and tackle problems. Her social activities yielded her skills in communication, organization and networking approaches. Together these abilities were helpful when setting up the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign and will be crucial in taking the campaign forward. In her role as the president, she is responsible for creating and maintaining the network inside and outside Oxford required to create a long term strategy to set up scholarships for and support those whose studies have been interrupted because of war or persecution. As a result of her current efforts, she has been asked to join the ISNUK board of advisors and to become part of the Kiron University UK team to be able to provide support for refugee and asylum seeking students in the UK.

Contact: president.oxsrc@gmail.com

Vice President

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Chris Smart

Having seen first hand the refugee crisis in the Balkans in the summer of 2015 I felt even more compelled to address the social stigma surrounding refugee migration. Frustrated by the lack of effective national response I see social campaign groups such as this one as the best way to respond compassionately to this humanitarian crisis. The significance of providing education as a sustainable response brings future benefits to the rebuilding of societies devastated by war.

Contact: vice.oxsrc@gmail.com

Vice President

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Chloé Touzet

I am a first year DPhil in Social Policy at New College. My background is in political science and political economy, which I studied in Paris and London. In the past two years, unfoldings of the refugee crisis have led me to think of it as the prime cause for which I feel the need to get involved, and to do my share. I am a volunteer researcher at Asylos, an NGO which aims at assisting lawyers defending asylum claims by providing background research and country of origin information. Arriving in Oxford, I looked for ways to get involved here; OxSRC, as a concrete endeavour through which students can make a real change in the lives of people fleeing their countries, appeared as the logical way to do so.

Contact: vice.oxsrc@gmail.com

Outreach Officer

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Erica Aiazzi

Erica is studying for a MSc in Education (Research Training). In the past years, she worked for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and in the field of human trafficking in Lebanon. Living in Beirut, she experienced the serious lack of educational opportunities for young Syrian and Palestinian refugees. She joined the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign because she believes in the importance of scholarships to encourage displaced young people to pursue their interests and talents.

Contact: outreach.int.oxsrc@gmail.com

Outreach Officer

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Janak Padhiar

Janak is currently reading a DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment with affiliation at the International Migration Institute, Department of International Development.  He is currently on fieldwork in New Delhi, India as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Economic Growth, Delhi University and Researcher at the UNHCR/Bosco Organization for Social Concern and Operation. His research concerns to what extent young refugees’ experiences of building futures and transitions in New Delhi are impacted by the precariousness in obtaining asylum or refugee status. As such, the study aims to illustrate the significance of (in)formal networks in spaces of transit that might shape young refugees’ social lives, underscore their spatial agency, and examine multidimensional processes of identity formation. Janak remains committed to understanding the multifaceted nature of young refugees and the ways in which their livelihoods affect the places to which they travel. Through his research on young refugees in the global South and joining OXSRC, he hopes that this will be a foundation to provide an inclusive, committed platform for young people to pursue a higher education without any barriers.

Contact: outreach.int.oxsrc@gmail.com

Mentoring Program Officer

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Stacy Topouzova

I am Stacy, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. I am based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, where I examine status determination proceedings, and specifically, forms of judicial discretion in the evaluation of asylum claims. Apart from my academic work, I have been volunteering at the main refugee camps in Sofia, Bulgaria since late 2013. I strongly and genuinely believe in constructive, critical engagement and I lead a programme for students to volunteer at the refugee camps. I also lead a refugee centre in Sofia, all with the hope that we work together, collaboratively and constructively, with our fellow colleagues and friends who seek refuge. It is an honour for me to now be able to support the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign.

Contact: oxsrc.mentoring@gmail.com