According to the UNHCR, there are now more than 71 million forcibly displaced persons in the world. In sheer numbers, this is the largest displacement of people since the Second World War. It is a generational and global phenomenon that plays out in communities across the world. Along with climate change, this forced movement of people is one of the factors that will most define the world we live in. In early 2016, Vassar, Bard, Bennington, and Sarah Lawrence colleges founded the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Higher Education to explore what role institutions such as ours could play in addressing this development. Since then, the New School has joined our Consortium and we have partnered with the Council for European Studies.
We are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of our goals.