National Workshop Unveils Strategies to Boost Role of Higher Education Institutions in Refugee Resettlement: Insights from the SHERR Program

In the news | November 28, 2023

National Workshop Unveils Strategies to Boost Role of Higher Education Institutions in Refugee Resettlement: Insights from the SHERR Program

Arlington, Va. -The SHERR (Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement) program, in which ECDC is a consortium partner, organized a national workshop in early November. The workshop drew participation from representatives of all national refugee resettlement agencies, 65 higher education institutions, federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Hosted at the University of Maryland College Park campus, the workshop aimed to create a forum for leaders, experts, and practitioners from across the country. The primary objective was to collaboratively develop strategies that would enhance the role of colleges and universities in the resettlement and integration of both student and non-student refugees. This involves leveraging campus resources and fostering community collaboration.

SHERR identifies and strengthens ‘pathways of engagement’ for colleges and universities to participate in refugee resettlement; develops resources, tools, and training to support the work of the institutions; and creates networks for institutions to share best practices. The ultimate aim is to enhance the experiences and outcomes of refugee newcomers upon their arrival in the United States.

Drawing on its extensive 37 years of experience in refugee resettlement, ECDC provides crucial technical expertise. ECDC, as a consortium partner, serves as a key bridge, facilitating collaboration between SHERR and the other nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.

Matt Brown, Director of Global Programs at World Learning and SHERR’s Program Manager, provided remarks to participants on the second day of the National Workshop.

 

Elisabeth Benfield, Community Engagement & Sponsorship Manager at ECDC, shared key strategies and takeaways discussed by the National Workshop’s Housing Breakout participants.

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