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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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      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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      For more information contact SHERR@worldlearning.org

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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.

  • Building Inclusive Campuses
    • Self Training
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      Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) offers comprehensive training programs in collaboration with our 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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      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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    • 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. To request a specific resource or technical assistance, please fill out this form. The platform is an initiative of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Education.

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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 trainings 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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      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.

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    • 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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      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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      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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      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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    • 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.