The Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies engages students and faculty in interdisciplinary classes, research, and community partnerships that amplify the voices and experiences of people who have been displaced. Our work aims to understand intersections of displacement caused by civil unrest, eminent domain, natural and human-made disaster, government-induced development, and climate change.
With your support, we can live our motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and go beyond the boundaries of our classrooms to find solutions together.
Through storytelling and oral histories, we educate policymakers and the broader public about the lived experiences of population movement and mobility, as well as seek sustainable interventions and equitable solutions grounded in lived experience.
Students work with us as interns and researchers toward these goals, collaborating with community members and bridging their academic and community-based learning. With financial support, we can enhance our internship and research programs by purchasing materials and subsidizing travel costs for students as they engage in this critical work. Students work as peer tutors with local communities and in refugee camps, interview and produce episodes for the podcast, “In Place,” and write for our blog.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the center on Friday, April 8! Learn more.
A $ 5 gift can print an oral history booklet for community members.
$15 can fund an hour of undergraduate interns for peer tutoring with students at Elimisha Kakuma.
Support travel to Roanoke schools twice a week for English language tutoring with a $25 gift.
A $75 gift covers a week of peer tutoring with Elimisha Kakuma.
We can buy a Shure MV88 Portable Microphone for a smart phone to conduct interviews in the field with a $150 gift.
A $500 gift supports a scholarship prize for the Roots and Resettlement literary zine writing and art contest.