Boise State maintains strong partnerships with several refugee-serving organizations. Students and faculty working with refugees often seek additional tips, reference material, and project ideas. If you have additional references for this page, please contact Kara Brascia.
BSU Refugee Collaboration Team is a group of campus and community leaders who meet on a quarterly basis to promote the following goals:
- assist refugees in rebuilding successful lives in Southwestern Idaho,
- educate our students and our community toward these efforts, and
- make the resources of BSU fully accessible to refugees in Idaho.
- Articles, videos, and books related to refugee issues
- Cultural backgrounds for major refugee countries of origin
- Information on local resources for refugees
- Recent news articles relating to refugee issues
- Sample Service-Learning projects with refugee communities
- Films on Demand Full length and segment based films on any topic, with 98 videos about refugees.
- Statistics: The World Bank Refugee population by country or territory of origin
- CIA: The World Factbook Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
- Ethnic News Watch Searches ethnic issues in current news
- CAL: Immigration and Refugee Integration Resources
- Cultural Orientation Resource Center: Refugee Backgrounders
- If you are asking students to contact a refugee agency; please contact the agency first to discuss student learning goals and what students may need.
- If you are asking students to interview refugees, prepare students to ask safe questions, e.g. ask them about their life now in Boise (do not ask them about their trauma stories).
- Be patient and persistent, these agencies are under-resourced and often are responding to emergencies.
- Have students visit agency websites before contacting agencies for info.
- Be mindful that agencies cannot share client’s background information without consent.
Quick Cultural Guides (written by students in Boise State ENGL 512 in 2011 for other SL students and volunteers):
Visit the Idaho Office of Refugees page (IOR) for more information on:
- Refugees in Idaho
- Community Organizations working with Refugees in Idaho
- World Refugee Day
- English Language Center