ACCU member colleges aid refugees

ACCU member colleges have been responding to the current child refugee crisis even before signing the recent Statement on Child Refugees. Recently, university presidents have been speaking out about the role of Catholic Higher Education in this crisis.

Students in the interpreting program at Loyola University New Orleans have been volunteering their time, interpreting for lawyers and immigration advocates serving unaccompanied immigrant minors in the New Orleans area. Not only are these students assisting in a current humanitarian crisis – they are also learning about the daily struggles and lives of these new immigrants.

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College has been working with community partners in order to develop a toolkit for recent immigrants. The toolkit is called “Know Your Rights – English for Speakers of Other Languages.” This toolkit innovatively merges English language learning and rights literacy so that toolkit users can improve their English while simultaneously learning their basic human rights and practical applications for difficult situations they may encounter as immigrants.

Within the past few weeks, Villanova CRS Ambassadors ran a letter-writing campaign to address the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border. They used resources from the ACCU blog (like the USCCB video ) to educate ambassadors on the situation and to help them write an advocacy letter with CST as the driving force.

What is your campus doing to aid refugees?  Let us know!

Response to the Refugee Situation

The ACCU President and many presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities have signed a letter of support drawing attention to the child refugee crisis. This letter, The Plight of Child Refugees Tests the American Character: A Statement by Catholic Higher Education Leaders, highlights the urgency and the desperation of the situation of child refugees, drawing attention to our duty as a nation and as Catholics to care for the most vulnerable. Presidents of Catholic colleges and universities pledge to support child refugees, especially by raising awareness of the issue on campus.

ACCU and its member colleges were recently featured in an Inside Higher Ed article which drew attention to the letter of support.   Additionally, Catholic organizations have orchestrated humanitarian responses, created children’s services resources, and have created material to raise awareness about the refugee children and their situation.