This meeting,* co-hosted by the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), Student Voices for Refugees (SVR), the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Rutgers Global, will be an opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to learn about trends in refugee higher education access. Students will be introduced to ways they can get involved as advocates for increasing educational opportunities and in creating more accessible, welcoming, and inclusive campuses for refugees living in and outside of the U.S.
• Energize a large cohort of students - both those already engaged and those interested in the issues - for broader engagement in refugee higher education advocacy.
• Move toward a collective vision for U.S. students, faculty, and university leaders to work together on refugee advocacy issues.
• Galvanize support from a broad ally base, targeting U.S. college students, to involve them in a public education campaign focused on creating more accessible, welcoming campuses for forcibly displaced students.
*This meeting will be recorded.
Welcome (5:00-5:05 p.m. EST)
Dr. Kyle Farmbry, Chair, University Alliance for Refugee and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM)
Dr. Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Session 1: Overview of Refugee Higher Education Access (5:05-5:25 p.m. EST)
This session will provide a general overview of issues related to refugee mobility and higher education and the humanitarian community’s response to these issues. To what extent can civil society and students help promote higher education opportunities and create more inclusive and welcoming campuses, for forcibly displaced peers in the U.S. and globally?
Dr. Colleen Thouez, Director, Welcoming and Integrated Societies Division, Open Society Foundations
Rosie Hughes, Refugee Education Pathways Expert, UNHCR - Washington, D.C.
Moderator, Olivia Issa, Co-Chair, Student Voices for Refugees (SVR), Executive Director, No Lost Generation - George Washington University Chapter
Session 2: Institutional Approaches to Welcoming Newcomers (5:25-5:45 p.m. EST)
This session will focus on institutional approaches that leverage campuses and community assets to support refugee access to higher education and integration on campus. The panel will offer concrete ways for participants to identify and mobilize campus resources to foster more accessible, welcoming campuses for displaced students.
Dr. Diya Abdo, Founder, Every Campus a Refuge, Director, Center for New North Carolinians, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jonathan Goldman, Executive Director, Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice (SCIJ), Brown University
Moderator, Matthew La Corte, Government Affairs Manager, Immigration Policy, Niskanen Center
Session 3: The Student Voice (5:45-6:20 p.m. EST)
This session will provide members of the Student Voices for Refugees (SVR) Network, which includes students from refugee backgrounds and student allies, a platform to share their stories, advocacy work, and recommendations for what they think civil society and college students can do to be better allies.
Miriam Cing, Trinity College, Advisory Board, Girl Forward
Neh Meh, Brigham Young University, Advocates for Refugees in Higher Education
Asaad Hanna, Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS), Founder, EmissaLLC
Iman Siddiqi, UCLA, Founder, University of California Refugee Students Scholarship Program
Moderator, Christina Smith, University of Maryland
Ways to Get Involved
Closing Remarks (6:20-6:30 p.m. EST)