Recently, in many arenas, this progress is coming undone. In the midst of the chaos, Cornell has taken efforts to alleviate some pain. Drawing funds and support from the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund as well as the Global Cornell Initiative, Cornell welcomed Azat Gündoğan, a Kurdish sociologist fleeing persecution in Turkey.
Gündoğan was offered a position as a visiting scholar at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and he is the third Scholar Rescue Fund academic hosted by Cornell. The family, including wife Nilay and the couple’s daughter, felt increasingly scrutinized under the government of President Recep Tayyup Erdogan.
In the coming 2017-18 school year, Cornell intends to bring another scholar on board. Additionally, Cornell Law School is in the process of arranging another scholar position through the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Cornell is also active in the Scholars at Risk network, which is comprised of over 500 universities and institutions. In addition to fulfilling the duty of helping those in need, Cornell truly enjoys integrating scholars and their knowledge and experiences into its community.