Refugees to College
Education is our great equalizer, and we have the moral obligation to broaden higher educational opportunities to all people.
Personal growth occurs through introspection. The university experience is a time of great personal growth for many people that shape his or her world view for much of the rest of his or her life. For that reason, exposure to different backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints would allow for a more informed, introspective, creative, and intellectually developed campus. R2C was founded at the University of Michigan to develop college campuses in Michigan and throughout the United States, emphasizing that learning is a two-way street. We advocate and work for a place that supports refugees, since only one percent of refugees internationally attend college. Attending college gives them an opportunity to learn, develop new skills, improves their job prospects, and boosts self-esteem. This also offers an opportunity to students who have never been exposed to the experiences of these refugees to learn and grow as global citizens. In the classroom, both sides would learn from one another, if given the chance for refugees and immigrants to be supported at our universities.
Refugees to College (R2C) began with an idea in the late summer of 2016 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Many research papers, emails, and meetings later, R2C became a project-oriented team of students and professionals united in accomplishing a goal crucial to our community: to improve the access of higher education, educational, and professional opportunities for refugees in Michigan and throughout the United States through mentoring, opportunity search, networking, and advocacy. We work alongside refugee resettlement and advocacy organizations as well as with individuals and families of refugees. From there, we develop a unique action plan for each refugee and his or her family, with the intent of supporting and developing his or her path to college and/or an internship. In addition to our relief work, we advocate for greater awareness of the issues and hardships refugees face as they resettle and the need for professional assistance both in Michigan and elsewhere, with special attention to increasing diversity on college campuses across America.
Any donation of any size helps! All proceeds will go towards developing scholarships for the refugees we work with and the continued work done by R2C. Thank you for standing with refugees and spread the word!