Vassar Refugee Solidarity and the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education (CFMDE) are committed to explore the opportunities offered by the digital humanities. We have developed several projects that challenge long held assumptions of educational exchanges and rely on our network of educational institutions outside the United Sates, the expertise of our alums and the skill of tech companies.
Conversations Unbound, previously known as Speak to Me, is a path breaking initiative that grew out of the Vassar Refugee Solidarity and is now in the process of registering as a non-profit in the United States.
What it is
Through Conversations Unbound, forcibly displaced individuals are empowered as paid online Arabic or Spanish language tutors for college students in the United States. These tutoring sessions are an integral component of language learning curricula that also make possible cross-cultural bonds of solidarity.
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Our partnering universities develop courses that enable forcibly displaced individuals to digitally participate in the class regardless of their geographical location. Universities provide forcibly displaced individuals with the course materials, but the forcibly displaced individuals must have advanced English language skills to participate.
English Language Exchange
College students are paired with forcibly displaced students interested in practicing their English conversation skills. These are informal conversations as our college students do not have ESL training, but still aim to foster cross-cultural communication. All college students involved are volunteers and all conversations happen through digital means.