Roles, Requirements, and Responsibilities
A key feature of the proposed model for university sponsorship of refugee students is that an Implementing Organization (I.O.) would act as a bridge connecting refugee students overseas, higher education institutions (HEIs) in the U.S., and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The I.O. would link the various actors and ensure refugee students do not get lost in the USRAP pipeline or the U.S. college and university admissions process. A centralized coordinating body is necessary due to the complexity of syncing these two application processes (USRAP & HEI admissions) and the unfamiliarity of U.S. higher education institutions with refugee populations and the resettlement process. Under the proposed model, students participating in the program and sponsoring HEIs will be supported by the IO, while maintaining independence and agency.