There are many ways to get involved with the WRP. You can donate to the fundraisers we are currently supporting, volunteer time with us, or participate in our advocating efforts:
We collaborate and brainstorm with other WRP members in efforts to spread awareness of the refugee crisis both on- and off-campus. Past events have included film screenings, advocacy drives encouraging students to e-mail or call their representatives and support pro-refugee legislation, discussions at a local senior center, a panel at a local high school, and awareness panels at Wesleyan. Last year we also brought artist Angie Smith and her exhibit Stronger Shines the Light Inside to campus. Future projects will include bringing film screenings to local community centers with the Enough Project, hosting events with the Office of Muslim Life at Wesleyan, exhibiting a photo series in CHUM, and bringing relevant speakers to campus. Contact us to get involved!
Paper Airplanes facilitates English tutoring that links American college students with Syrian refugee students. Our tutors spend between 1-2 hours a week tutoring their student in English, SAT preparation, or other areas as the student requests. It's a great opportunity to make a new friend. Contact us to get involved!
IRAP is the International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org), an organization that provides legal assistance to refugees in the process of resettlement in the United States, Canada, Australia, and parts of Europe. Since its founding in 2015, WRP has worked with IRAP to help U.S. affiliated Afghan and Iraqi refugees complete their refugee and Special Immigrant Visa applications to the U.S. This year, WRP is helping IRAP research and write a report related to government inefficiencies in this application process. WRP is also helping IRAP conduct research related to refugee resettlement, highlighting the services, benefits, and organizations available to refugees resettling in all 50 states. In doing so, we hope to advocate for systemic change and provide support to refugees. Contact us to get involved!
Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) is a refugee resettlement agency, contracted with the State Department to help refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan and other countries resettle in the New Haven area. A team of 4-8 Wesleyan students are going to go to New Haven weekly to assist with IRIS’s Mommy and Me program.