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. Moreover, St. 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.
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. An optional trip to Costa Rica will involve immersive excursions and engagement with refugees from Nicaragua who work on deforestation and other environmental projects. Joining the Global Citizenship Program will link you to participants, past, present, and future, with connections that we hope will last a lifetime.