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The Glendon Collective is a team that came together in December of 2015 to form a sponsorship group to support a Syrian refugee family to come to Canada.  We committed to welcome a family and offer financial, social, and emotional support to them as they settle in Toronto. We are one of the eight York-University teams affiliated with Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) and with York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative

After waiting for over a year, the couple we sponsored arrived in Toronto safely on June 20, 2017, on World Refugee Day (see Y-file story). We wish to thank very especially all the friends and colleagues who joined us in solidarity and helped us make their arrival possible! 

If you wish to contribute as we support the family, you still can! You may contact the team lead, María Constanza Guzmán, at, the team treasurer, Lyse Hébert, at, or any of the members of our team for details. 

Team members: 

  • María Constanza Guzmán (Associate Professor, School of Translation, Glendon College, York University)
  • Lyse Hébert (Associate Professor, School of Translation, Glendon College, York University)
  • Alejandro Zamora (Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, Glendon College, York University)
  • Elena Basile (Course director, University of Toronto: LAPS and Glendon, York University)
  • Joshua Martin Price (Associate Professor, State University of New York)

We are fortunate to count on the involvement and support of Sanjukta Banerjee, a graduate of the Master in Translation Studies at Glendon and currently a PhD student in Humanities, York University.

Glendon Collective student team: Sara Wassef, Hammad Saif, and Humaima Ashfaque

“We are a group of scholars and activists committed to justice and to fostering welcoming environments for intercultural contact and collaboration. Individually and as a group we welcome the opportunity to participate in helping a family settle in Toronto and join our community. We have come together to support them as they make this city their home.” The Glendon Collective

Thank you!