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 rely on our network of educational institutions outside the United Sates, the expertise of our alums, and the skill of tech companies in order to use the internet to create transnational education exchanges.
As part of our Transnational Classroom, we develop courses with our partnering universities 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
Through the 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 online.
Conversations Unbound, previously known as Speak to Me, is an initiative that grew out of the Vassar Refugee Solidarity and is now a registered non-profit in the United States. Through this project, forcibly displaced individuals are paid online Arabic or Spanish language tutors for college students in the US.
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