Welcome

Here you will find a compilation of the research I am conducting in regards to the refugee resettlement process and integration of refugee students into K-12 education in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I will become familiar with both process and policy through an internship with the refugee resettlement agency, Samaritas. Working with the Refugee Education Center, I will investigate the process and policy of enrollment and integration for refugee students. I will also interview teachers of refugees for a more wholesome analysis of teacher experiences, teaching and learning strategies, and available resources. My goals for this research project are two-fold: (1) to raise awareness of the increasing refugee student population*, and (2) to improve local efforts in order to best serve the needs of these students.

*UNHCR Global Trends 2015, MLive August 2016, MLive September 2016