May 28, 2020

This NAFSA Signature Program has been cancelled out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees. Learn more about the decision to cancel this Signature Program and the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo.

Higher Education and the Refugee Crisis

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Seminar on Peace and Social Justice: Higher Education and the Refugee Crisis will bring together scholars and practitioners in peacebuilding and international education. This half-day event will turn our attention to the world-wide refugee crisis and highlight the role that higher education institutions play in addressing this issue both globally and locally. The program will feature a keynote speech that will offer a framework for the event and outline current developments, followed by two panels. The first panel will spotlight the work of higher education institutions from around the world and their involvement in issues related to refugees. The second panel will focus on the efforts of locally-based institutions, NGOs, and cities as they engage with refugees in their communities.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to connect with fellow colleagues and learn about best practices employed by a variety of actors – including higher education institutions – in the field of peacebuilding to address the refugee crisis on your campus, in your local community, and around the world.

Anne-Marie McGranaghan

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Anne-Marie McGranaghan is a resettlement and complementary pathways officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been working in UNHCR’s Regional Office Washington since 2003 bringing nearly 25 years of refugee resettlement experience. In her current responsibilities...

Betsy Cohen

Betsy Cohen
St. Louis Mosaic Project
Betsy Cohen is executive director for the St. Louis Mosaic Project. This regional initiative is a joint collaboration of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the World Trade Center-St. Louis, and leaders of 32 organizations. The goal is to achieve the fastest growth rate of foreign-born...

Anna E. Crosslin

Anna Crosslin
International Institute of St. Louis
Anna E. Crosslin is president and CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL), a regional immigrant services and community engagement hub. Led by her since 1978, the Institute offers integrative services to more than 6,000 immigrants from 60 countries annually. IISTL is widely respected...

José Antonio Quinteiro Goris

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UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
José Antonio Quinteiro Goris is the programme coordinator at the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IESALC), with over 25 years’ experience. In his current role, he collaborates in the design and execution of the annual plan of activities...

Hart Nelson

Hart Nelson
St. Louis Community College
Hart Nelson is associate vice chancellor of Workforce Solutions Group at Saint Louis Community College. He has 24 years of career experience in public policy, government relations, intelligence, and information technology. Nelson serves as the lead for economic and workforce development, is...

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts
Fordham University
Kelly Roberts is assistant director, Office for International Services at Fordham University, co-leader of the NAFSA United Nations Special Interest Group and also serves as one of NAFSA's NGO representatives at the United Nations as well as Fordham University's. Roberts has been involved with the...

Marcello Scalisi

Marcello Scalisi
Mediterranean Universities Union
Marcello Scalisi has been the director of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) since 2008. He gained extensive experience in Sicily in the sustainable tourism sector, managing and monitoring EU projects for local tourism development and providing vocational training for dozens of companies...

Uma A. Segal

Uma Segal
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Uma A. Segal is professor, School of Social Work at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her specialization is immigrant and refugee integration in global perspective, on which she has published and presented extensively. In the last two years, Segal has been an invited keynote speaker at several...

NAFSA thanks Education in Ireland for their generous support of this event.