Professor Anneke Smit will be recognized with The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership's Welcoming Community Award at a forum on March 2.
Professor Smit's research includes her work on the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons. She has led efforts across Canada to advocate for those fleeing violence in Syria and she serves on the steering committees of the organizations Canada4Refugees and Scholars at Risk.
Her local work includes founding the Windsor chapter of the Refugee Sponsorship Program which works with lawyers and students to assist groups in completing the sponsorship application process. She is also a lead with the Group of Five at Windsor Law to sponsor members of the Tanbari family from Syria.
Professor Smit will receive her award during a community forum at Central Park Athletics, 3400 Grand Marais Road East. The event will run 9 to 11am. Admission is free and open to the public; register online.