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Immigration and Refugees

Page history last edited by Kelly Behrend 9 years, 8 months ago


Member Campuses  |  Resources  |  Organizations  |  Issue Briefs

Foundation Staff:  Kelly Behrend (kelly@bonner.org)


Member Campuses link to campus issue profile and lead contact name with email address


Resources training & educational resources  |  readings  |  websites, blogs, etc.


IMPACT Conference 2011: Refugee and Immigration Issues Track

The first national organizing in the Bonner Network around Refugee and Immigration Issues took place at a specialized track at the 2011 IMPACT Conference. For full details on the track, check out the track planning page.



  • Policy Briefs Bibliography:

    • Roxstrom, E. Gibney, M. (2003).  The Legal and Ethical Obligations of UNHCR: the Case of Temporary Protection in Western Europe

    • In N. Steiner, M. Gibney, & G. Loescher (Eds.), Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees and Human Rights (pp. 37-60). New York: Routledge. 

    • Moorehead, C.  (2005) Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees.  New York: Henry Holt and Company.

      Coughlan, R., Owens-Manley, J. (2005). Bosnian Refugees in America: New Communities, New Cultures.  New York: Springer.

    • Martin, S. F. (2004).  Refugee Women. New York: Lexington Books

    • World Refugee Survey 2008.  Washington D.C.: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

    • Weine, S. M. (1999). When History is a Nightmare. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 


Regional & National Organizations  current or potential partner organizations


PolicyOptions.org Issue Briefs

Visit policyoptions.pbwiki.com to develop your issue briefs and read others that have been completed.

  • National Issue Brief
  • Local Issue Brief(s)




 Summary of Campus Issue Profiles 

 Types of Service  |  Academic Work  |  Education & Training  |  Capacity Building  |  Deliberative Democracy


Specific Issue Areas

  • ESL/ESOL (all ages)
  • Immigration Laws
  • Racial/Religious Profiling (racism)
  • Assimilation
  • Health Disparities
  • Driver's License Eligibility
  • Racial Conflicts within groups
  • Citizenship
  • Diversity
  • Multiculturalism
  • Skill development and entrepreneurism
  • Gender
  • Economic Inequality


Types of Service   short-term  |  ongoing school year  |  summer

  • Tutoring and mentoring for all ages (ESOL and/or community programming)
  • Translation
  • School Retention
  • Substance Prevention
  • Violence Prevention
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Citizenship Preparation
  • Access to Education/College Preparation
  • Multicultural Days and/or Community Events
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Entrepreneurism 



Academic Work   courses  |  service-learning  |  CBR and policy research   |  departments and institutes



  • Majors:
    • Examples: Community Justice, Criminal Justice, Political Science, International Studies/Relations, American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology (see below), History, Education (see below), Women's Studies, Gender Studies
    • Education Studies majors are required to do field work in terms of partnering with various organizations and schools to work with children from various backgrounds and cultures.
    • Sociology and Anthropology majors study society and culture.  Sociology and anthropology help provide specific knowledge and theoretical frameworks as bases for understanding our relationships with society, culture and each other and for comprehending and guiding socio-cultural change.  Sociology and Anthropology majors and deeply encouraged to intern at multicultural organizations and study abroad to enhance cross cultural and multicultural understanding and education. 


  • Individual Courses:
    • Language Courses: Many colleges and universities offer volunteers opportunities to increase personal language acquisition that will help them work with displaced individuals in their communities. 
      • Translation (medical and legal services
    • Ex: Public Policy, Government, Juvenile Justice 
    • Field Study in Cross-Cultural Education in United States is a course that focuses on working and teaching children from diverse cultures within the United States, rather than studying abroad. The broad purpose of this course is to provide education studies majors with the opportunity to immerse themselves, as much as possible, in an unfamiliar culture; to experience what it means to be “other” than the dominant culture; and to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to successfully teach children from many cultures.
    • Cultural Anthropology is an introduction to the study of culture and society in comparative perspective. Multiculturalism and pluralism are concepts that are stressed and embraced.  Concepts of privilege in regards to race, class, and gender are examined for students to gain a critical awareness of the differences between cultures and how various societies places these differences as categories to separate and oppress "others.
    • Economic Anthropology explores the most central anthropological issues of human nature, choice, values, morality, peoples’ economic lives, issues of poverty and development that shape the world and how various cultures are affected by these factors. This course provides a solid basis for applying anthropological knowledge to real-world situations
  • Service Learning Courses
  • Community Based Research Courses
  • Policy Research:
    • Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S. (Taught by Judy Owens-Manley at Hamilton College): Course will encourage students to create local policy issue briefs
  • Independent Studies and Internships:
    • Allow students to actually work in depth with the school systems and the children throughservice learning to determine their needs, the area where education for diverse groups of children is lacking, and the various issues that effect these children. 
  • **Internships are offered throughout various majors to allow students to explore and engage in multiculturalism and pluralism
  • Institutes or Centers:
    • MultiCultural Center
    • Public Affairs Center 


Education & Training   forums  |  workshops  |  reflection activities

  • Soy un Lider Conference (Guilford College): Access to Education Conference aimed at young displaced individuals; mentoring for college preparation, includes college fair with local colleges/universities, practice for essay writing, applications, scholarships, etc.
  • ESOL training
  • Diversity training on campuses to include issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic inequality, homelessness, food security
  • Citizenship Skills, Entrepreneurism skills (traditional weaving) 


Campus and Organizational Capacity-Building   training  |  fundraising  |  resource development

  • Some training options listed above
  • Serve 2.0 grants to increase awareness of these issues via video, blogging (both individual and community partner blogs), facebook groups (for volunteers to stay connected with community partners/reflection), wikis



Research, Policy Analysis, Deliberative Democracy   evaluations  |  policy research  | issue forums  |  advocacy

  • Development of standard ESOL evaluations/tests for English level placement
  • Ning issue form: Join our Bonner Network dialogue on international issues at http://bonnerforum.ning.com/group/international
  • Deliberative Democracy: Want to join in a national discussion of immigration? The National Issues Forum holds workshops on a regular basis to discuss important issues around the country. See their calendar for dates of workshops about immigration and race in your area. You also can request a forum starter kit, join an online discussion about illegal aliens and more. See the National Issue Forum at www.nifi.com


Contacts   staff  |  faculty  |  students  |  community partners (local, regional, national)

Guilford College:

James Shields, (Bonner Director), jshields@guilford.edu 


Juliet Carrington, (Student), carringtonjc@guilford.edu


5800 W. Friendly Ave.

Greensboro N.C. 27410


Local Organizations: African Services Coalition, Glenhaven MultiCultural Center, The Newcomers School, Latino Impact, Glenwood ESL


  • Elizabeth Balof-Bird, Bonner Scholars Coordinator
    • 336-316-2452, balofbirdte@guilford.edu
  • African Services Coalition Student Project Coordinator, Gilian M'Maitsi
    • 336-337-3587
  • Glenhaven Multicultural Afterschool Tutorial Center Coordinator, Stephanie Baldwin 336-312-8209 
    • Glenhaven Multicultural After School Tutorial Student Project Coordinator, Marshall Jeffries
      • 336-504-9013
  • Glenwood Library ESOL With Adult Immigrants Student Project Coordinator, Saron Smith-Hardin
    • 203-376-3657
  • Latino IMPACT Student Project Coordinators, Yazmin Garcia Rico and Isael Sotelo Morales
    • 336-260-9703, 256-527-3477
  • Newcomers School Project Coordinator/ Americorps Vista, Amanda Szabo 
    • 336-316-2456


Tusculum College

Robin Fife (Staff), rfife@tusculum.edu

423-636-7300 x5777

Amber Sharp (student), amber.leann.sharp@gmail.com


60 Shiloh Road, Box 5832

Greeneville, TN 37743


Local Organizations: The George-Clem Multi-Cultural Association (GCMA), Project SHINE


Hamilton College

Judy Owens-Manley, jownens@hamilton.edu

198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323



Local Organizations: The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees  


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