We’re incredibly honoured and proud to share that Dr. Sarah Munawar was awarded the Rising Star in International Education Award from the BC Council for International Education!
Dr. Munawar, Instructor, Columbia College, has taken an instrumental role at Columbia College by voluntarily leading and supporting initiatives that provide international students new and unique opportunities.
Her leadership and guidance on the World University Service Canada (WUSC) committee at the College resulted in new and different approaches to support refugees in the program. The work of this committee culminated in recognition at the International Forum for WUSC and CECI where Columbia College won the ‘Committee on the Rise’ award for their outstanding achievements in the WUSC program.
Sarah was also a founder of BC’s first and only conference exclusively for international students: Limitless. This is an annual conference at Columbia College intended to celebrate student excellence in academic scholarship, as well as to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. The conference features keynote speeches from inspiring leaders, a Careers Fair and the opportunity for attendees to watch their fellow students present on subjects that they are passionate about. All of the participants and presenters at the conference are international students. For most of them, participating in the Limitless conference is their first opportunity to prepare and deliver a public presentation on a topic they have researched. Participants leave the conference with a renewed sense of confidence, as well as new presentation and research skills. In addition to providing ongoing leadership to deliver the conference, Sarah provides mentorship and guidance to equip students with the tools they require for success.
This past year, Sarah began work creating a Global Fellowship program, intended to provide in-house Professional Development training for students to enhance their leadership profiles, connect with industry professionals/mentors and develop community-organizing and public advocacy skills. It is also a way to bridge secondary students at the College with University Transfer programming. She is currently working to expand the program and include more students in the 2020-21 year.