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University focuses on global refugee crisis, builds relationships

We launched the advocacy and education effort In Solidarity with Syria in 2015 to coordinate and encourage participation throughout The University of Scranton with the broader goal of bringing attention to the global refugee crisis. Through this program we provided a wide range of activities to involve students, faculty and staff including film screenings, webinars, a refugee simulation, round-table discussions and prayer vigils. Our efforts have taken us outside the University and into the wider Scranton community where we greeted immigrant families at the Scranton airport and shared meals cooked by Syrian and Congolese refugees at a local restaurant. The expansiveness our advocacy and education was made possible by the collaboration of a variety of University groups including the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors, Campus Ministries, and Community and Governmental Relations.