McCormack Speaks

July 28, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

A Day to Put Ourselves in a Refugee’s Shoes

by Beyza Burcak, Conflict Resolution student

silhouettes of refugee family“If there were guns pointed at your children, would you not flee also for your safety? Do we not owe people enough humanity to stand with them when they flee for their lives?”

As Westy Egmont, director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College, challenged his audience with those questions, a screen behind him showed the iconic photo of a Turkish coast guard carrying the body of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi. The boy had fled war-torn Syria with his family and drowned in the Aegean Sea during the dangerous journey to freedom and safety in 2015.

The photograph – and Alan’s story – put a human face on the global refugee crisis: more than 65 million people displaced by persecution, war or violence. And yet here we were two years later, still trying to find an answer to the same question: How can we make a meaningful impact on the lives of these refugees? Continue Reading →

November 17, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

Supporting Refugees in Greater Boston

RefugeeHave you ever wondered how it feels to flee your home in search of asylum? Or how the asylum process works?

A small group of graduate students from McCormack Graduate School’s Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance recently offered a free Refugee Welcome Fair to raise funds for refugees in the greater Boston area and to provide a space for education, support, and networking.

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