Structural, Cultural, and Demographic Displacement in Urban Education Contexts

This course will examine the global forces that lead to migration and US immigration policy. Students will explore refugee resettlement in urban contexts and how schools, in collaboration with community groups, refugee agencies, businesses, and religious organizations, provide services to students who have experienced interrupted education, who may suffer from physical and psychological disabilities due to conflict, or who may contend with insecurity at home and in the community. Students will research the differential impact of gender, language, ethnicity, and race on access to quality education and the innovations aimed at servicing displaced people in urban educational contexts. Finally, students will engage with diverse cultural perspectives through interaction with local refugees and displaced persons.