For new refugees, ‘higher education is a path to freedom’

“Levis Hakundawa, a college graduate and social worker, is a role model for the Congolese community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sharing the story of his educational journey, he tries to embolden new refugees to dream big, especially the teenagers.” –Fernanda Pires, Michigan News

Panel Discussion on Refugees focuses on expressing their narratives

“Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, presents at the Strength of Refugees and Their Communities lecture in the Hatcher Library gallery Wednesday evening.” –Michael Bagazinski, Michigan Daily

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan grad students apply know-how to improving a Brazilian community

“The small city near the southern tip of Brazil doesn’t really have much of an international profile. So why did 10 University of Michigan graduate students feel compelled to make the long trip there for two weeks in March?

It all started when Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, professor of urban and regional planning at Michigan, connected with one of her colleagues at The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, one of the top research universities in Brazil.” –Ashley Lemaine, BTN