Official Launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM)
Monday, July 23rd
College Avenue Student Center | New Brunswick, NJ | Free | Register
Join us for this one-day special event to mark the official launch of University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). This conference will bring together vested parties across relevant sectors including refugees, at-risk migrants, faculty and scholars, student associations, education think tanks, legislators, local government, ecumenical education institutions, and United Nations agencies and other representatives of the international community.
Together, we will explore the UARRM’s mandate in action and push further on its expected outcomes in the near and medium-term. In learning about current opportunities for supporting existing initiatives and new ones, this conference will pave the way for new strategies on collective actions across areas of work within the UARRM and alongside of it on:
increasing the number of funded scholarships for refugees and at-risk migrants at universities
supporting student-initiated efforts to protect and empower at-risk migrants and refugees in university communities
strengthening the bridge between secondary and tertiary educational opportunities, tying education to employment access
improving systems for the recognition of foreign academic credentials
This event is free and open to the public and location and program are subject to change. Meals and materials will be given at this event, so please register in advance.
For more information on UARRM and this event, please contact Rutgers Graduate School–Newark graduate assistant Jane Roche or Rutgers Graduate School–Newark graduate assistant Hourie Tafech. This event is cosponsored by Rutgers Global and Rutgers Graduate School–Newark.
Registration and Breakfast9:15–9:30 a.m.
Rick Garfunkel, Vice President for Global Affairs, Rutgers University
Opening Remarks: Universities as Potential Partners: How Can Universities Contribute to the Goals of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM)
Kyle Farmbry, Dean, Rutgers Graduate School–Newark
9:30–10:15 a.m. Keynote Opening: Overview of Global Compact on Migration (GCM)
Suzanne Sheldon, Senior Policy Advisor, International Office of Migration (IOM) – UN Migration Agency10:15–11:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion 1: Reducing Barriers to Higher Education Opportunities for Refugees and At-Risk MigrantsModerated by Annetta Stroud, Associate Director for Training and Program Development, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)Jeremy Adelman, Director, Global History Lab, Princeton University
Sarah Willcox, Director, Scholar Rescue Fund, IIERama Chakaki, Founder, edSeed
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion 2: On-Campus Assistance and Community EmpowermentModerated by Courtney Madsen, Director, Jersey City Immigration and Refugee Office, Church World ServicesDiya Abdo, Founder, Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR) Janet Reilly, Politics Faculty and Director of Refugee Initiatives, Sarah Lawrence College
Agnes Nzomene (TBC), Education and Employment Trainer, Catholic Charities 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Presentation1:30–2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion 3: Advocacy–Student to President EngagementModerated by Prachi Rao, Field Organizer, Organizing & Activism Unit, Amnesty International USA
Louis Caldera, Co-founder, Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration; former United States Secretary of the Army; former President, University of Mexico
Esder Chong, President, RU Dreamers Anjali Patel, Advocacy Director, No Lost Generation2:30–3:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion 4: Developing Research Agendas to Inform Policy and Humanitarian InterventionModerated by Anindita Dasgupta, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia School of Social Work Katherine Burke, Stanford Refugee Research Project
Elizabeth Gibson, Steering Committee, IMBR Initiative, Georgetown Georgeta Pourchet, Coordinator, International Refugee Research Project, Virginia TechBernhard Streitwieser, Assistant Professor, International Education & International Affairs, George Washington University 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion 5: Digital Communications and Curriculum DevelopmentModerated by Lydia Bassaly, Head of Recruitment and Translation/Interpretation Services, NaTakallamJohn Bartle, The Refugee Project, Hamilton College Maria Höhn, Founder of Vassar Refugee Solidarity and Faculty Director of the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Higher Education (Tim Raphael, Director, Newest Americans, Rutgers–Newark 4:45–5:30 p.m.
Where to Now?
Colleen Thouez, Director, Welcoming and Integration Division, Open Society Foundations