In 250-300 words, how would you describe your project? What does it aim to accomplish? Who’s the targeted audience?
Our project was titled, Refugee Student Support during COVID-19. It sought to determine the effects of COVID-19 on refugees enrolled in post-secondary institutions across Canada. Through a qualitative survey and interviews, our analysis found that refugee students are: struggling financially, concerned with the transition to online schooling and are lacking a sense of a belonging to the local community for support. Thus, these issues are having negative impacts on the mental health of our demographic. Moreover, from our conversation with organizations that work with refugees, we also found that these types of organizations are severely overworked.
To address the issues facing refugee students, we established three call to actions to put in place. First, we call for the implementation of refugee advisors at post-secondary institutions. Secondly, we call for refugee specific post-secondary jobs. Finally, we call for better online education support.
For more details regarding our findings, our calls to action, our literature review, and our external resources, email us at email@example.com.
How did the project come together? What inspired the idea?
We were intrigued by the intersections of being a refugee as well as being a student, as refugees are far less likely to be post-secondary students in Canada. There is a lack of research within this demographic, even prior to the pandemic. Therefore, we wanted to uncover the effects of COVID-19 on an already overlooked demographic.
Our largest takeaway is that refugee students are falling through the cracks. Thus, we used our project to amplify the voices of our demographic towards elected officials on municipal, provincial, and federal levels.