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How Universities in Indiana can Make a Positive Difference for Refugees and DEI Initiatives

Updated: May 9

In April, Patchwork Indy mobilized Indiana universities to engage with the Welcome Corps on Campus in a virtual discussion, empowering institutions to impact refugee students' lives positively. The event, in collaboration with the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, shed light on how universities can effectively support refugee students through the Welcome Corps on Campus program.


About the Welcome Corps on Campus Program

The Welcome Corps on Campus initiative invites universities and colleges to become active sponsors of refugee students. Institutions can provide refugees a path to permanent resettlement and integrate successfully into the academic environment by providing financial, educational, and social support. Universities can visit Welcome Corps on Campus to learn more about the program.


The Virtual Discussion Event

Patchwork Indy organized a virtual discussion on April 25, where representatives from Indiana's higher education institutions learned about the Welcome Corps on Campus program. The event featured a Q&A session with Rendy Schrader, Indiana University's Senior Director of International Students and Scholar Programs and Initiatives, and Chris Adams, Associate Director of International Admissions Operations, who shared their insights and experiences with the program.

Higher education institutions represented in April 25 event

  • Indiana University

  • Ivy Tech

  • Wabash College

  • Butler University

  • Albion College

  • Allegheny College

  • Antioch College

  • Denison University

  • DePauw University

  • Earlham College

  • Hope College

  • Kalamazoo College

  • Kenyon College

  • Oberlin College

  • Ohio Wesleyan University

  • The College of Wooster

  • IUPUI

  • Ball State University

  • University of Notre Dame

  • Purdue University Fort Wayne


Ways Universities Can Engage with Refugee Students


1. Become a Campus Sponsor

Universities can join the Welcome Corps on Campus program and offer holistic support to refugee students. Register for an upcoming information session or check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For personalized assistance, email campus@welcomecorps.org to set up a 1-on-1 meeting with the Presidents' Alliance mobilization team.

2. Explore the Refugee Resource Hub

3. Connect with Fellow Practitioners

4. Provide Financial Support to Refugee Students

5. Advocate for Inclusivity


Conclusion

Universities have a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of refugee students. By engaging with programs like the Welcome Corps on Campus and building a supportive campus environment, Indiana universities can continue to be leaders in welcoming and uplifting these students.


Interested in learning more about how your university can help? Visit Welcome Corps on Campus or connect with Patchwork Indy to join the movement for positive change!





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