[Refugees Welcome!]’s campus chapter at the University of Massachusetts Boston was excited to join another campus organization, No Lost Generation, in support of refugees’ education. Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, No Lost Generation has been working with the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), and in the spring, they organized a school supply drive to benefit RIAC and support child and adult education. [RW!] UMass Boston was excited to be able to collaborate with another campus organization, support a local service provider, and benefit refugees by contributing to the school supply drive.
[RW!] UMass Boston was launched in the fall of 2017, in effort to strengthen the connections and communication between [Refugees Welcome!] and the UMass Boston community. Over this first year, [RW!] UMass Boston has raised awareness of refugee and immigrant needs, engaged students around these issues, and collaborated with other campus organizations. In May, we were pleased to be able to support No Lost Generation’s school supply drive, and we are happy to be able to share about NLG’s work through the following guest contribution by NLG’s former president, Kinga Karlowska.
“The No Lost Generation Student Initiative (NLG) is a network of college organizations working to support refugees. Our main goal is to raise awareness and help children affected by refugee crises so that they avoid becoming a “lost generation” to war and displacement. Through fundraising, advocacy, and in-kind support, chapters work towards addressing the three pillar objectives: education, child protection services, and youth and adolescent services.
UMass Boston was delighted to become one of 50 NLG university chapters this year. In our fall semester we put together a silent art auction to benefit a local refugee organization, the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC). We had an amazing time helping the children at RIAC paint art to showcase and auction at our campus, resulting in almost $700, which we donated to RIAC. In the spring semester, we organized a panel event featuring a diverse group of refugee experts in order to raise awareness of refugee issues in our community. We were honored to have Executive Director Mary Truong of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, Resettlement Program Manager Dr. Sadia Fadil, PhD of RIAC, and former refugee Dr. Ihsan Kaadan, PhD share their insights with almost 100 UMB students in attendance. It was during this event, where student engagement inspired us to put together a school supply drive to benefit RIAC.
We are immensely grateful for the [Refugees Welcome!] chapter at UMass Boston for making a substantial donation to our drive. The pencils, erasers, pens, highlighters, notebooks, and folders they donated will go towards children attending school and adults taking English language courses. We are happy to have RW! UMB’s support and we look forward to collaborating with one another in the future to make an impact on refugee issues in our community and abroad.”