The Immigrant Student Resource Center (ISRC) helps recruit & retain students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. The Center provides academic, career, scholarship, & social support to currently enrolled students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permits, undocumented students, students with mixed-immigration status families, and students from refugee backgrounds. The center also trains university staff, faculty, and administrators on how to work more effectively with students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
The website provides links to scholarships & resources for DACA & undocumented Students; health and wellness information and general resources for refugees, DACA students and citizenship information.
Hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.
The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) assists refugees and immigrants, and individuals with limited English proficiency. MVRCR is partially accredited by the US Department of Justice and thereby authorized to represent clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services and to complete immigration forms on clients’ behalf. MVRCR provides advocacy, counseling, information, processing, and referrals for citizenship and immigration issues. It has a refugee resettlement program in Utica that has resettled more than 15,000 individuals in the city since 1981.
The organization also provides interpretation and translation services and training in cultural competency (for interactions involving health care, education, government services, and more).
MVRCR seeks to help its clients achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
Offering formal and informal education opportunities through programs for families, such as after-school tutoring, English language classes, youth group activities, parent workshops, and mentorships. Also provides community education on issues affecting refugees.
By promoting refugee and immigrant rights in federal, state, and local policy, MCIRR’s mission is to create an inclusive atmosphere for refugees across Michigan. Sponsored events also help spread awareness on immigrants’ rights and help advocate for increased quality of life.
The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) is a technical assistance program designed to support and strengthen the linkages between pre-departure and post-arrival Cultural Orientation (CO) programs for refugees on their journey to resettle in the United States. CORE provides refugee backgrounders, case studies of best and promising practices, videos, and other multimedia materials that assist Cultural Orientation instructors, service providers, and refugees. It offers webinars and online courses and host face-to-face workshops and conferences. CORE shares survey reports and Cultural Orientation news through an eNewsletter, and hosts and moderates an online community of practice.
Report from the Women’s Refugee Commission detailing positive practices and ongoing challenges to promote disability inclusion across UNHCR’s and its partners’ work in multiple countries and multiple displacement contexts. The report provides lessons and recommendations for other organizations and the wider humanitarian community on engaging persons with disabilities at all levels of humanitarian work. It draws on consultations with over 700 displaced persons—including persons with disabilities, their families, and humanitarian staff—in eight countries. The report includes key protection concerns of people with disabilities, implementation of UNHCR guidance on disability, and institutionalizing disability inclusion across UNHCR operations. It also includes recommendations for advancing disability inclusion in humanitarian action. Report, factsheets, and discussion tool for fieldworkers available in multiple languages and an “easy read” format.
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action.
I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges.
I’m Your Neighbor Books