Washington State University’s Health Navigator Program: Pairing Nurses and Newcomers

Washington State University’s College of Nursing students in Spokane, WA, in collaboration with IRC-Spokane staff, serve as health system navigators by assisting with medical and dental appointments and providing training on insurance and health access issues for newly arrived refugee families. 1. Purpose for the Program This program addresses two challenges at once:  (1) it […]

Georgia Piedmont Technical College: providing HSE, ESL, and career pathway options to refugee students to address community needs

Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) Adult Education Division provides high school equivalency (HSE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the community, serving approximately 3,000 adult students annually. In addition, GPTC offers several career pathway options, including a Child Development Associate (CDA) program tailored to immigrant and refugee students. The program was developed […]

The University of Tulsa: a service learning course to support students’ participation in its ECAR Chapter

The service-learning course developed at the University of Tulsa involves students in the refugee resettlement process through participation in the University’s Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) chapter. Through a trauma-informed approach, students work with an ECAR family on campus and engage in other service-learning activities with local refugee resettlement agencies. 1. Purpose for the Program […]

Washington University of St. Louis’ EMPOWER: Building Professional Skills & Opportunities for Refugees

The English Language Program at WashU’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies merges English language development with valuable workforce certifications. The program is specifically designed for refugees looking for career development. 1. Purpose for the Program Thanks to an innovative grant from the Missouri Office of Refugee Administration, Washington University in St. Louis’ School of […]

The Ready for American Hospitality Program

The RAH program is a collaboration between the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) African Community Center (ACC) and the University of Denver’s (DU) Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, which serves as a service-learning program for refugee, asylee, and migrant populations alongside their undergraduate counterparts of the Human Capital course, engaging in cultural exchange and Hospitality training […]

Webinar on Higher Education Institutions & Opportunities to Promote Refugee Integration 

Colleges and universities offer robust ecosystems within communities across the U.S. that can provide welcome and support for newcomers. As existing sites of education, they are also well suited to facilitate learning and growth opportunities for refugees. This webinar highlights opportunities for colleges and universities to promote refugee integration through programs and grants offered through […]

Jiran: The Arabic Community Action Summer

Jiran is Middlebury College’s intensive summer language program that pairs intermediate and advanced language students with underserved newcomer families who speak their target language. “Jiran” means “neighbors” in Arabic, and the goals of the program are twofold. First, Jiran helps university-level language students improve their linguistic and intercultural competence while learning about US immigration and […]

ASU Education for Humanity

In collaboration with humanitarian partners, the Education for Humanity initiative at Arizona State University (ASU) creates and implements relevant and integrative education programs with refugee communities worldwide. Education for Humanity offers a blended learning model combining digital learning tools with in-person support through partner organizations. Since its establishment in 2017, Education for Humanity has impacted […]