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Supporting U.S. Colleges & Universities Engaged in Building Refugee Success

  • Student Enrollment Support
    • Int’l Students with Refugee Backgrounds
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      The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of 550+ presidents & chancellors that provides support and technical assistance to campuses desiring to gain information on enrolling and supporting international students with refugee backgrounds, including understanding the various legal statuses these students may hold. To access key resources on enrolling refugee students, please visit this page. To request technical assistance, please fill out this form.

       

       

    • Community Colleges
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      The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of 550+ presidents & chancellors that provides support and technical assistance to community colleges recruiting and supporting students with refugee backgrounds. To request technical assistance, please fill out this form.

    • Scholarship Coordination & Student Placement
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      The Institute of International Education (IIE) works with public and private sector partners and universities to guide students through the college application process assessing their experience and academic credentials to match them with programs that best align with their profiles and needs. For more information, please reach out to Mary Karam McKey here.

    • Inclusive Admissions Processes
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      World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. The WES Gateway Program assesses the educational credentials of individuals who have limited proof of their academic achievements. A WES Gateway Program credential evaluation report can help eligible individuals continue their education, become licensed in their field, or take the next step on their career pathway in the U.S. The report can be accepted by higher education institutions, regulatory bodies, and employers. For more information, please reach out to Isabel Schroeder here.

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      The Higher Ed Immigration Portal is a platform that integrates data, policies, and resources about refugee and other student communities. The portal supports immigration reform and federal policymaking, fuels change at the state and campus level, and builds a diverse movement of partners and stakeholders advocating for these students. In addition to in-state tuition and state financial aid policies information across all 50 states and D.C. for undocumented and refugee students. The portal also centralizes resources, including spotlight models for higher education institutions looking to support refugee students, and non-students, in various domains through a dedicated hub. The platform is an initiative of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Education.

    • Student English Language Learning
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      Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) runs an English Language Learning & Career Pathways Community of Practice and Action to collect best practice models and build out resources for others considering developing or expanding programs that intersect English language and career/vocational training for refugees. For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org.

  • Private Sponsorship
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      Welcome Corps on Campus launched in July 2023 is a groundbreaking opportunity for college and university communities to sponsor refugee students. With the support of institutional leadership, staff, faculty, students, and community members work together to welcome refugee students and provide an educational pathway, setting them up for academic and overall success. U.S. public and private universities and colleges enroll talented students currently living as refugees overseas and support their resettlement to the U.S. As part of the college and university sponsorship program, refugee students will apply to be admitted as first-year students at the sponsoring two or four-year college or university and enter the U.S. as refugees. Learn more about Welcome Corps on Campus here, visit its official website here or reach out to campus@welcomecorps.org with questions. 

  • Direct Services for Refugees
    • Housing
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) mobilizes and builds the capacity of colleges and universities to provide newly arriving refugees with free or subsidized on-campus or campus-adjacent transitional housing in collaboration with local refugee resettlement agencies. These arrangements typically last around 3-12 months, offering refugees a supportive environment and a softer landing as they adjust and plan their journey in their new community. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) runs a Housing and Campus Utilization Community of Practice and Action to facilitate connections, share successes and challenges, and – most importantly — develop resources for colleges and universities offering to explore the use of campus-associated housing for use by refugees (students or non-students) and related engagement. For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org

    • Service Learning
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) mobilizes and builds the capacity of colleges and universities to incorporate service learning alongside housing provision by actively involving students, faculty, and staff in the resettlement process of refugees. This engagement provides students with volunteer, service-learning, or credit-bearing educational and practical experiences in managing and supporting refugee integration, including case management, cultural orientation, and social support. This service-learning component not only aids refugees but also enriches the educational experience of university communities, fostering intercultural understanding, internationalization, empathy, and real-world skills in students and staff, aligning with the mission of universities as community-oriented institutions. A key resource developed by the organization is ECAR MINOR, which engages students in disciplinary, interdisciplinary and place-based experiences. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) runs a Service Learning, Volunteer Engagement, and Staffing Community of Practice and Action to collect best practice models and build out resources for others considering developing or expanding their service learning opportunities related to refugee resettlement. For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org

    • Core Services / Co-sponsorship
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) mobilizes and builds the capacity of colleges and universities to offer a comprehensive co-sponsorship model that includes several core services for refugees. This model encompasses the provision of housing and utilities on college and university campuses, access to campus amenities like libraries and gyms, and vital case management support for cultural, social, and community integration. ECAR emphasizes ethical engagement to maintain the agency, dignity, and privacy of refugees while facilitating their transition to off-campus housing after an initial hosting period. Additionally, the program fosters educational and community engagement opportunities, enriching the experience of both refugees and the university community. This multifaceted approach by ECAR effectively leverages the resources of higher education institutions to support refugee resettlement and integration. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

    • Academic Advising
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      Once displaced students are enrolled, the Institute of International Education (IIE) provides holistic advising support to students, connecting them with an array of services both on and off campus as well as serving as a trusted resource and support. For more information, please reach out to Mary Karam McKey here.

    • Career Pathway and Services
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      Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) runs an English Language Learning & Career Pathways Community of Practice and Action to collect best practice models and build out resources for others considering developing or expanding programs that intersect English language and career/vocational training for refugees. For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org.

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      Upwardly Global is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing workforce inclusion for immigrants, refugees, and asylees. The Upwardly Global Partnership Program extends the organization’s tailored learning tools and professional development resources to frontline immigrant-serving organizations, community colleges, and workforce providers. Upwardly Global equips partners with a comprehensive suite of resources, training, and technical assistance designed to address the unique challenges immigrants, refugees, and asylees face in accessing the U.S. job market and securing meaningful employment opportunities.

      The organization deeply values the work that community colleges are doing and aims to enhance institutions and organizations as President Alliane’s efforts by providing free, tested resources to help immigrants and refugees find skill-aligned roles in the U.S. Its tailored resources ensure that new arrivals can successfully navigate and contribute to the local economy. Together, they aim to create a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. For more information, feel free to reach out to Joanne Michaud here.

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      World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students.

      • WES Career Pathways resources provide free career guidance for internationally trained refugees and other displaced individuals seeking to use their education in their field of study or related and alternative careers in the U.S. The resources allow individuals to explore career pathways they may be eligible for and offer field-specific information for in-demand professions. For more information, please reach out to Stefanie Vasquez here.
      • The WES Gateway Program assesses the educational credentials of individuals who have limited proof of their academic achievements. A WES Gateway Program credential evaluation report can help eligible individuals continue their education, become licensed in their field, or take the next step on their career pathway in the U.S. The report can be accepted by higher education institutions, regulatory bodies, and employers. For more information, please reach out to Isabel Schroeder here.
  • Building Inclusive Campuses
    • Staff Training
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) offers comprehensive training programs in collaboration with its partners. These include a certificate-bearing training in partnership with the National Association of Higher Education Systems (NASH)’s Refugee Resettlement Initiative (RRI) titled “Creating Inclusive Communities Together: Transforming Higher Education Through Refugee Integration,” (here) which equips participants to make campuses more inclusive for refugees. Additionally, ECAR, OUR (Opening Universities for Refugees), and Guilford College offer a certificate program (here) that builds the capacity of broader community members to advance refugee integration and inclusion, emphasizing the importance of refugee agency and dignity. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      Training of Trainers with ECAR – The NASH RRI provides a certificate-bearing Training of Trainers in collaboration with nonprofit Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR). The training prepares interested campus faculty, administrators, and students to implement welcome and resettlement programs on their campuses. In 2023, NASH and ECAR trained more than 250 individuals representing 29 institutions of higher education. Learn more and schedule a training for your campus here.

      Toolkit from the Kentucky Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship – In August 2022, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (KYCPE) commissioned NASH to shape the design of the first-ever statewide ‘Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship’ (HAS), following a $10M commitment from the Commonwealth’s legislature. Working with national experts, NASH convened monthly Community of Practice (CoP) sessions in the 2022-23 academic year to successfully launch and implement the scholarship at 15 public and private institutions in Kentucky. As of December 2023, the scholarship has been awarded to 339 students across the state. This CoP relies on the expertise of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), amongst others. NASH and IIE developed a toolkit that consolidates content from the CoP in an accessible, multimedia format, allowing readers to easily reference each session. The toolkit aims to uplift advice from experts and practitioners who work with displaced populations in Kentucky and nationally, who lent their time and insight to members of the CoP. Read the toolkit here.

      AHLAN Manual – The NASH RRI supported the nonprofit Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) in developing the AHLAN Manual in the fall of 2023: the premier implementation guide for making higher education institutions welcoming to refugees. Named “Ahlan,” which is a term used to express welcome in Arabic, this manual provides guidance for establishing resettlement campuses: colleges or universities that mobilize resources to provide refugee newcomers with resettlement and integration support, all while deepening local community ties, and educating the public about refugee issues. Learn more and request the Manual here.

      For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

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      The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of 550+ presidents & chancellors that provides support and technical assistance to institutions and practitioners on effective campus policies and practices to enrolling and supporting refugee students through training, webinars, facts sheets, and toolkits available on the Refugee Resource Hub. To request a specific resource or technical assistance, please fill out this form.

    • Student Organization Coordination
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      RRI Student Champions Network – The NASH RRI is exploring the creation of the RRI Student Champions Network, which is intended to bring together undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States who are leading projects and initiatives to engage higher education institutions in supporting refugee and forcibly displaced students, scholars, and families. Through this Network, we hope to assist with: (1) connecting student leaders to one another and cultivating a space for sharing resources and advice; (2) learning from the work and experiences of student leaders to help inform the NASH RRI efforts; and (3) supporting the progress and impact of student leadership across the country. For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

    • Resources
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) offers various resources to support colleges and universities in creating inclusive environments for refugees. These include comprehensive training programs (such as here) for educational institutions, the general public, and community members, focusing on refugee resettlement and integration. The AHLAN Manual (available to download here), a key resource, provides practical guidance for higher education institutions to establish supportive refugee ecosystems on campus and in local communities. Additionally, ECAR offers a Best Practices Manual (here), an Implementation Checklist, a Program Coordinator Handbook, and various impact studies, which collectively furnish insights and strategies for hosting and supporting refugees effectively. There are also resources like Chapter Set-Up FAQs and Resettlement Agency FAQs (here), the PERC map (here), as well as curricular components, such as credit-bearing programs integrating refugee support principles into academics. These resources collectively aid institutions in contributing meaningfully to refugee resettlement and integration, enhancing campus inclusivity and support for newcomers. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      The Higher Ed Immigration Portal is a platform that integrates data, policies, and resources about refugees and other student communities. The portal supports immigration reform and federal policymaking, fuels change at the state and campus level, and builds a diverse movement of partners and stakeholders advocating for these students. In addition to in-state tuition and state financial aid policies information across the 50 states and D.C. for undocumented and refugee students, The portal also centralizes resources, including spotlight models for higher education institutions looking to support refugee students, and non-students, in various domains through a dedicated hub. The platform is an initiative of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Education. To request a specific resource or technical assistance, please fill out this form

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      The Welcome Campus Network (WCN) regularly features presentations from a range of stakeholders, including staff from universities and colleges, advocates, newcomers, and practitioners to present on policy and program developments, opportunities, trends, experiences, and upcoming events in refugee resettlement and welcoming newcomers. WCN members also can access resources, tools, and training developed by the SHERR consortium. You can find more information about the WCN and how to join the Network here. Additional questions can be addressed to partners@welcome.us.

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      Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) makes it easier for campuses to make a difference in the lives of refugee students. We generate materials, training resources, guidance, and funding for the campus private sponsor group. This ensures that the campus’s private sponsor groups have access to the resources they need to set them up for success. We shape and coordinate a community sponsorship system that leverages the power of welcoming Americans. This includes providing activities and resources such as sponsor vetting and certification and sponsor training like Community Sponsorship Essentials, which is an interactive, user-friendly online training for community sponsorship programs, technical support, and more. CSH shares knowledge and resources, enabling traditional and non-traditional actors to grow and strengthen sponsorship opportunities across the United States. For more information, feel free to reach out to Dawood Mayom here.

    • Networking
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      Joining the Welcome Campus Network means joining a community of colleges and universities and organizations working with campuses committed to welcoming newcomers. Members participate in meetings twice per month to share information and best practices; learn from national, state, and local officials, advocates, and practitioners on current opportunities, trends, and events; participate in communities of practice; and build common solidarity and community. You can find more information about the WCN and how to join the Network here. Additional questions can be addressed to partners@welcome.us.

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      RRI Champions Network – Many dedicated individuals on campuses and surrounding communities have been doing exceptional work supporting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons on their campuses. However, their work is often siloed and may go unnoticed by their colleagues and campus or system leadership. In order to build strength in numbers and public visibility, NASH has created the RRI Champions Network, connecting over 650 faculty, students, staff, and wider campus community “champions” across the country working on refugee welcome and resettlement.

      The RRI provides technical and strategic support to RRI Champions; organizes quarterly meetings of the RRI Champions Network; engages in public visibility highlighting RRI Champions’ impacts across NASH’s social media; and connects campuses to activities listed below. Through the network, RRI Champions support and learn from each other and learn new ways to engage in making their campuses more welcoming to newcomers. In 2024, concerted efforts are planned to expand student leaders’ participation in the network. Join the RRI Champions Network today here. For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

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      Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) makes it easier for campuses to make a difference in the lives of refugee students. We do this by leading the consortia implementing the Welcome Corps on Campus and connecting national and local community partners with the knowledge and expertise they need to form a successful private sponsor group and help to advance community sponsorship in the United States. For more information, feel free to reach out to Dawood Mayom here.

  • Research
    • Curricula / Pedagogy
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) provides assistance in curricula and pedagogy research through training programs, impact studies, syllabi, assignments, and the AHLAN manual for establishing resettlement campuses. These resources help institutions integrate refugee-related content into curricula and develop pedagogical approaches that support refugee integration. ECAR’s educational initiatives aim to engage students, faculty, and administrators in understanding and addressing refugee issues, contributing to a more inclusive and informed campus community. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

    • Program Research and Evaluations
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      Two ECAR Impact studies, available here and here evaluated the impact of Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) programs both on students and refugee families, shedding light on the positive outcomes and contributions to student learning and refugee integration. Furthermore, ECAR is presently engaged in an ongoing evaluation project of several ECAR campuses, strengthening its commitment to evidence-based practices and the continuous enhancement of its initiatives, aimed at fostering inclusive campus communities and supporting refugees. For more information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      The Institute of International Education (IIE) conducts research and evaluation activities across a range of higher education topics using a variety of research tools and methods. IIE also provides third-party evaluation services. For more information, please reach out to Mary Karam McKey here.

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      Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement (SHERR) collects and shares data and perspectives regarding barriers and resource gaps experienced by higher education institutions in their actual or aspirational work with refugee students and non-students. SHERR also runs a Community of Practice and Action on Developing Refugee Educational Opportunities: Reducing Barriers to Enrollment for U.S. higher education institutions and resettlement organizations. This group will build out resources related to campus models, data collection systems, and research around refugee educational opportunities. For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org

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      Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) provides Technical Assistance to design surveys, reports, best practices, and research to assess and evaluate current challenges, existing resources, and additional resources for private sponsor groups. For more information, feel free to reach out to Dawood Mayom here.

  • Policy & Advocacy
    • State
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      Kentucky Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship In August 2022, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (KYCPE) commissioned NASH to help design the first ever statewide ‘Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship’ (HAS), following a $10M commitment from the Commonwealth’s legislature. Working with national experts, the NASH-KYCPE CoP convened monthly sessions in the 2022-23 academic year to successfully launch and implement the scholarship at 15 public and private institutions in Kentucky. As of December 2023, the scholarship has been awarded to 339 students. This CoP relies on the expertise of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), amongst others. Read more here.

      Building out RI Reconnect in Rhode Island – In January 2023, the NASH RRI joined forces with the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) to strengthen refugees’ access to higher education and employment across the state. This included building on the success of “RI Reconnect,” a statewide RIOPC-led program whose goal is to connect adult students with educational navigators to help them in their efforts to return to school and/or receive job training, and be connected to employment opportunities. The RRI coordinates a Community of Practice with RIOPC, organizing monthly targeted sessions bringing together dozens of local and national stakeholders to identify gaps in workforce pathway development for refugees and forcibly displaced persons across the state and to co-develop a statewide strategy on how to take this work forward. Working closely with World Education Services (WES) and the American Immigration Council, the CoP has also been credited with successfully advocating for the state’s investment of $8M in RI Reconnect in June 2023. Read more about the Rhode Island CoP here.

      Setting Up for Success: New York First – In June 2023, following Governor Hochul’s declaration of a state of emergency with the record number of asylum-seekers entering the state now at 130,000, NASH began working with the State University of New York (SUNY) to co-lead a new pilot project that will offer continuing education and technical training to eligible recently-arrived asylum-seekers and refugees.  Through “Setting up for Success: New York First” (SUFS), SUNY community colleges can leverage federal and state funding to provide continuing education and on-the-job training to asylum-seekers and refugees.

      For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

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      The Presidents’ Alliance’s (PA)  website features advocacy resources and actions at the state level, notably with respect to in-state tuition for refugees and other displaced students. For more information visit PA’s website here. To request a specific resource or a technical assistance meeting with a team member, please fill out this form.

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      World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. Additional information is upcoming!

    • Federal
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      Welcome Corps on Campus – NASH is part of a consortium of organizations implementing the Welcome Corps on Campus (WCC): a U.S. Department of State initiative launched in July 2023 to allow institutions and their stakeholders to welcome and enroll refugee students. WCC leverages the capacity of U.S. higher education institutions to serve as resettlement spaces, provide academic opportunities for refugee students, foster more diverse and inclusive campuses, and create a sustainable pathway for colleges and universities to welcome refugee students on their campuses. NASH is proud to be one of only five implementing partners of WCC nationally.

      The Department of State is funding a consortium of nonprofit organizations, led by the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), to implement private sponsorship of refugee students at U.S. campuses under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, in alignment with the goals of the Welcome Corps. Consortium members include NASH, CSH, ECAR, IIE, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration (Presidents’ Alliance), and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Since WCC launched, the NASH RRI has been preparing campus leaders to participate by forming sponsor groups to welcome refugee students. Learn more here. For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

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      The Presidents’ Alliance (PA) is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration policies and practices and how these impact students, campuses, and communities. For more information visit PA’s website here. To request a specific resource or a technical assistance meeting with a team member, please fill out this form.

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      World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. Additional information is upcoming!

  • Funding
    • Innovation Grants
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      Catalyst Fund – NASH created a Catalyst Fund in 2022 to recognize and incentivize NASH members’ big ideas that, once proven to work, have the potential to be scaled not only across a single system but amongst peers around the country. Established in 2021, the RRI Catalyst Fund (Fund) seeks to seed, test, and scale new and existing innovations on welcoming campuses that take creative and impactful approaches to welcoming and supporting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

      The Fund makes awards ranging from $5,000-$50,000 to NASH member systems and their institutions. With six awards issued thus far, these funds have truly had a catalytic impact on local refugee resettlement efforts. For example:

      1. NASH’s early and modest investment in RI Reconnect is credited with seeding $8M in state funding in Rhode Island;
      2. NASH’s seed investment in scaling its partner, Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) chapters, across the Washington State University system; and
      3. NASH’s supplementary support to the Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship, so that it might create a peer-to-peer navigator program at Western Kentucky University.

      In 2024, the Fund is assisting in the design of an integrated and coordinated statewide refugee support system in Colorado; conducting an in-depth evaluation of the University of Maryland’s recent experience in hosting refugee families from Afghanistan; and more. It is expected that $100,000 will be disbursed in 2024. Learn more and apply here. For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

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      SHERR’s Innovation Incentive Grants program stimulates innovation and increases collaboration between U.S. higher education institutions and refugee resettlement organizations with the goal of increasing U.S. domestic capacity to resettle refugees (currently not accepting applications).

    • Public Funding
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      The Institute of International Education (IIE) mobilizes public and private funding to support access to higher education for refugee and displaced people. For more information, please reach out to Mary Karam McKey here.

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      The NASH RRI collaborates with higher education systems to secure public funding for innovative, cross-campus projects, for example:

      Kentucky Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship – In August 2022, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (KYCPE) commissioned NASH to help design the first ever statewide ‘Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship’ (HAS), following a $10M commitment from the Commonwealth’s legislature. Working with national experts, the NASH-KYCPE CoP convened monthly sessions in the 2022-23 academic year to successfully launch and implement the scholarship at 15 public and private institutions in Kentucky. As of December 2023, the scholarship has been awarded to 339 students. This CoP relies on the expertise of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), amongst others. Read more here.

      Building out RI Reconnect in Rhode Island – In January 2023, the NASH RRI joined forces with the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) to strengthen refugees’ access to higher education and employment across the state. This included building on the success of “RI Reconnect,” a statewide RIOPC-led program whose goal is to connect adult students with educational navigators to help them in their efforts to return to school and/or receive job training and be connected to employment opportunities. The RRI coordinates a Community of Practice with RIOPC, organizing monthly targeted sessions bringing together dozens of local and national stakeholders to identify gaps in workforce pathway development for refugees and forcibly displaced persons across the state and to co-develop a statewide strategy on how to take this work forward. Working closely with World Education Services (WES) and the American Immigration Council, the CoP has also been credited with successfully advocating for the state’s investment of $8M in RI Reconnect in June 2023. Read more about the Rhode Island CoP here.

      For more information, feel free to reach out to Olivia Issa here.

    • Private Funding
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) offers a funding opportunity for new chapters of up to $10,000 USD in support of their refugee resettlement initiatives in ways aligned with ECAR’s mission and best practices. Information for prospective applicants can be found here.  For additional information, feel free to reach out to Walid Mosarsaa here.

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      The Institute of International Education (IIE) mobilizes public and private funding to support access to higher education for refugee and displaced people. For more information, please reach out to Mary Karam McKey here.