Global Displacement and Mental Health

The Consortium hosts a number of events for faculty, students, and community members to share knowledge about higher education approaches to forced migration. Be sure to check our announcements for up-to-date information about upcoming events. 

Planning Workshop

On October 26th and 27th of 2018, Vassar College hosted a Forced Migration Studies curriculum planning workshop. Student and faculty representatives of the schools in the Consortium, as well as representatives from partner organizations, were in attendance. The purpose of the workshop was to design the syllabus for the introductory Lexicon class that will be taught as part of the Consortium-wide curriculum.

Teaching Laboratories

A key element of our shared curriculum is a yearly Teaching Laboratory that brings together Consortium schools. The labs are hosted on a rotating basis, with a different member of the consortium hosting each year. In order to expand our knowledge of new models of engagement, representatives from the most interesting and innovative classes and projects in forced migration education are invited. The Teaching Lab features training sessions and hands-on workshops where attendees can learn new practices and skills. Faculty from local colleges, universities, and community agencies are invited. The lab offers an opportunity to be taught by teachers and local leaders in the refugee community, and to listen to students present their senior research projects. These teaching labs are documented and will be made available for public dissemination to any institutions or organizations who may be interested in their content.

Scholarly Conferences

The Consortium is organizing two scholarly conferences for the Consortium and the larger research community.

Our first conference, to be held at Vassar College, is devoted to important issues regarding health care needs of refugees and the impact of forced migration on health care systems in host countries. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners spanning medicine, law, public policy, non-governmental organizations, and private industry. Discussion will focus upon how barriers to health and healthcare are shaped by issues such as xenophobia, discrimination, and complex legal frameworks. In addition, the conference will feature presentations from a diverse set of researchers, community organizers, and policymakers working to reduce gaps in healthcare equity for refugees as well as panels fostering dialogue between scholars, students, community organizations, and representatives from the refugee community.

Our second conference, proposed by Bennington College, focuses upon Afghan and Iraqi translators. The Consortium is interested in exploring this particular refugee group brought about by America’s foreign wars going back to the Vietnam War. Such a conference is an important moment to bring together translators, scholars of America’s wars, veterans who fought in these wars, and scholars from the military academies. Participants will discuss the ethical dilemmas regarding translators and local guides, who are often left behind when the U.S. military leaves. Additionally, the conference allows us to bring together veterans and civilians who may not be touched by war.

International Conference of Europeanists

In partnership with the Council of European Studies (CES), the Consortium organizes methodology and pedagogy workshops at the annual International Conference of Europeanists. The Consortium will host a special Symposium at CES’s 50th-anniversary conference in Iceland in 2020. The platform presents the Consortium’s findings to an audience of over 1,000 researchers and policy experts while at the same time serving as a mentorship opportunity for students.