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. 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. While IRAP helps all refugees, the Wesleyan chapter of IRAP works with Iraqi and Afghan clients who require specific documentation for their United States resettlement applications. For some resettlement pathways such as the Direct Access and Special Immigrant Visa programs, the applicant must be a former employee of the US government in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Finding employment verification to prove their employment can be difficult for refugee applicants who have had to flee their homes and may be missing contact information or documentation for their former U.S. supervisors. At Wesleyan, we help to identify and contact former supervisors of these clients so that they can receive the documentation that they need. 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 8-12 Wesleyan students go to New Haven weekly volunteers to help refugees apply for Energy Assistance applications.