Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education

The work of Vassar Refugee Solidarity has led to the creation of a consortium of like-minded Liberal Arts Colleges (Vassar, Bard/Annandale, Bard/Berlin, Bennington, and Sarah Lawrence Colleges) to utilize our respective institutional strengths.

  • In December, 2016, the Consortium received a $135,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop a robust course sequence, as well as a set of interventional practices, to educate students and allow them to be engaged actors in what will be a challenge for decades to come. 
  • For this purpose, Vassar College and Vassar Refugee Solidarity have also received a $20,000 grant from the Alliance for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts 


The Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education, currently comprised of Vassar, Bard, Bennington and Sarah Lawrence colleges is committed to social justice, the dignity of all people, and the education of global, engaged leaders. In December 2016, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation awarded our consortium a one-year planning grant to develop an innovate curriculum in light of this worldwide “crisis,” to involve students in civic engagement both abroad and in our own communities in the U.S., and to explore how we can use the digital humanities as agents of change. Since receiving the grant, faculty members, administrators, and students from our colleges have met at two workshops to discuss the theory of forced migration and humanitarian aid, the role of institutions of higher education in confronting such a challenge, and how we can best implement our commitments to our liberal arts values. As we explore further collaborative opportunities—a conversation with the Council for European Studies is now underway—the Consortium will build on its robust national and international networks as well as its extensive alumnae/i base, and will expand to engage other like-minded institutions.

Members of the consortium can access the consortium’s worksite here.