On May 17, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with other partners, hosted an inaugural strategy meeting on how to significantly increase refugee student access and entry into the U.S. to pursue higher education. The meeting marked the launch of an initiative to mobilize higher education leadership to advocate for, design, and engage in a university sponsorship pilot program (see our March letter to the administration) to admit and support refugee students and pursue other initiatives to increase refugee student entry and access to the U.S. and U.S. higher education. The initiative is led by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways, Open Society Foundations, and the University Alliance for Refugees and at-Risk Migrants along with its Student Voices for Refugees network. The meeting’s speakers and participants included current and former refugee students, leaders of refugee resettlement, higher education institutions, international education, and philanthropy, and experts in advocacy, international education, and student admissions and support. You can find more information about pathways to the U.S. for refugee students here. We were honored to have Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner, present remarks on the importance of this initiative.
See the video clip below.