The Institute’s refugee peer tutoring and engagement programs resume after Winter Break this week.
SuWA is a student-organized community effort sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics working to empower refugee women through education, small business development, and community building. The support and relationships present in the refugee community motivated the name SuWA, which is Iraqi for “togetherness.” SuWA is also an acronym for Supporting Women’s Action, which reflects the “togetherness” the women share.
The project was begun in Fall 2013 by two students—Leena El-Sadek and Maura Guyler—who wished to further their relationships with local refugee families built
through their community engagement work in the DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted
program. The adjustment to life after resettlement in Durham can be very challenging for refugee women in particular. Cultural and linguistic barriers are often a daily frustration. And the obstacles to finding quality health care, access to education, and employment can be daunting.
For more information contact Michelle Khalid (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MASTERY is a program for refugee youth aged 4-13 that pairs Duke undergraduate tutors and refugee students with the goal of providing mentorship, assistance with schoolwork, English tutoring, and a supportive community. While tutors help with studying and homework, their primary goal is to encourage the students, support their creativity and potential, and help students to develop and achieve ambitious goals. Through the relationships developed in this class, college students help mentor and inspire younger students by sharing their own passion for learning. By working with refugees, Duke students develop a better awareness of global issues present at a local level. The aim is for both tutors and students to come away with a more clear understanding of their community and a renewed love of learning. Plans for MASTERY throughout the year include creative projects, celebrations of holidays from our many cultures, academic achievement and community building.
For more information contact Olivia Johnson (email@example.com).
The Tools for Change Citizenship Lab at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is about inspiring community change through individual and collective action. It does so by developing mechanisms for enhancing refugee civic participation with a focus on high school youth in Durham, North Carolina.
The project has two allied dimensions. First, we are creating a citizenship lab at Duke that engages refugee youth in the life of their new communities. The work of the lab will culminate in a community based research project that addresses a challenge refugee youth have encountered in Durham.
For more information contact Suzanne Shanahan (firstname.lastname@example.org).