Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons
Today, the number of displaced people is at its highest: one out of every 113 people on Earth. Saint Louis has a long history of refugee resettlement, which uniquely positions us to question our concepts of both local and global citizenship. This two semester course sequence will equip first-year students to think critically and skeptically about the different factors, such as internal and international displacement, legal and clandestine border crossing, the role of international aid organizations, the concept of asylum, language learning and education, integration, among others, that impact the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and the internally displaced across the world. This unique, yearlong opportunity led by four instructors from different disciplines brings together a community of engaged students and faculty interested in understanding global affairs and exploring how our own mental maps compare to the realities of a globalized world.
Through thoughtful class discussion and weekly collaboration in an event-planning workshop, participants will develop skills for effective group work and a critical consciousness that will serve them throughout college and their future career. Joining the Global Citizenship Program will link you to participants, past, present and future, with connections that will last a lifetime.