Who are refugees? It's a complicated question with even more complex answers. One thing is certain: they are ordinary people who lived ordinary lives until their world was turned upside down. Join us as we attempt to learn how we can help those struggling to cope as their world falls apart.
«Take a moment to try and put yourself in the shoes of the family members and friends who had loved ones taken from them. Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.» — Carl Wilkens
We're hosting the following events in honor of our Refugee Awareness Week! Be sure to stop by each event and meet your #UMRFamily!
• Monday: Movie Night + Discussion, Agnes Hall 15 at 5:30 pm
Come for a viewing of the Oscar-nominated short documentary «4.1 Miles,» which portrays the reality of the current refugee crisis from a rescuer's perspective. We will have a discussion about the film afterwards.
• Tuesday: Poetry Night, A.D. Bruce Religion Center Chapel at 6 pm
Join us as we shed light on the refugee experience. Don't forget to sign up to perform!
Registration form: bit.ly/2nq310y
• Wednesday: Phone Bank for 60,000 Refugees, ALL DAY
We're asking all UH students to make a call on behalf of the 60,000 refugees who may be denied access to a safe haven under the current administration's attempt to reduce the number of refugees resettled in the US. This reduction will cost lives – more than half of these refugees are children. Humanize them by choosing a refugee child from the provided list to call on behalf of.
Script + contact info: bit.ly/2mvQYe8
• Thursday: Experience a Refugee's Journey, Butler Plaza at 11 am – 3 pm
Stop by between classes to participate in our interactive refugee journey. Experience the trials refugees face at our mock checkpoints. In the end, show your support by signing our banner and taking a solidarity photo!
Sign up to volunteer: bit.ly/2mLoVsj
• Saturday: Volunteer Day with local refugee agency, TBA
Come support for the local refugee community in Houston. We will be posting details soon, so stay tuned for updates!
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