Lafayette Refugee Action seeks to provide ongoing support to local refugee resettlement agencies. This includes fundraising, petitioning government representatives, and providing cultural orientation and ESL classes for refugees in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to benefitting local refugee families, we will serve to educate Lafayette College students about the struggles that refugees face and encourage the students and other community members to take action in the community to help our cause.
Lafayette College is a member of Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), an initiative that calls on every college and university around the world to host one refugee family on their campus grounds and to assist them in resettlement. It is a flexible movement that encourages institutions to partner with local resettlement agencies to carry out their own initiative. Dr. Diya Abdo, a professor of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College started this movement and visited Lafayette on April 7th, 2017 to give a talk. Members of our Refugee Action Club met with her to discuss the responsibilities and benefits of joining this movement. We are also currently working with the Lehigh Valley resettlement agency, Bethany Christian Services.
One of our goals is to engage as many community members as possible and make a community initiative. In the coming months, Lafayette will be hosting several speakers to share more personal refugee stories through a variety of medias including musical instruments and self-produced documentaries.
We invite you to follow our progress and events here on our website, and contact us with any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.