In today’s polarized society, the word “refugee” has become increasingly politicized. Through Refugee Awareness Week at UCI, we hope to address misconceptions about refugees by understanding the processes of war, persecution, and other mechanisms of displacement that have forced an unprecedented 65.6 million people from their homes. We also hope to humanize the word “refugee” by sharing and understanding refugee stories, and by celebrating and enhancing their contributions to their host communities.
Join Peaceful Passions, the Dalai Lama Fellows, the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, Fresh START, Liberty in North Korea, and the International Studies Public Forum as we hold Refugee Awareness Week at UC Irvine from January 16 – 19. All activities are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. We thank the UCI School of Social Ecology for sponsoring the week of events.