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Refugee Awareness Week: Through Refugee EYES

Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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What are the underlying causes of the refugee crises? What are the challenges refugees face in camps, and what are their long-term aspirations? More importantly, what steps can we take in our local community to address these crises?
Join Hearts of Mercy at UCI, Fresh START, the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, and the Olive Tree Initiative during Refugee Awareness Week to explore these questions and more as we seek to gain perspective and understanding “Through Refugee Eyes.”
Monday, May 8 
Scholars at Risk A critical discussion with Syrian scholar in exile, Amal Alachkar, and nationwide campaign coordinator, Shiyam Galyon, about their experiences and the importance of higher education for refugees.
Free Syrian food provided.
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/255367074930258/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1493069417402655

Wednesday, May 10
From Passion to Action: Young Leaders in Refugee Relief Join us for a screening of the award-winning film, Salam Neighbor, featuring two American filmmakers who document life in a Syrian refugee camp. A panel discussion with the two filmmakers, as well as young leaders working to provide emergency aid and higher education for Syrian refugees will follow the screening.
First 100 guests to RSVP are invited to a free post-reception featuring the panelists and refreshments.
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/689253517912834/
RSVP REQUIRED: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-passion-to-action-young-leaders-in-refugee-relief-tickets-33693401872
Thursday, May 11 
Speed Learning: Refugee Populations Globally Learn about different refugee populations worldwide through personal stories and insights from students who have worked in refugee camps, whose family members have been displaced by conflict, or who are refugees themselves. Opening plenary session is followed by 20 minute breakout sessions.
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898698947080293/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1493342837326814
STUDENT CENTER: Photography exhibit. View the amazing photography work of Abdulazeez Dukhan, a Syrian refugee who captured resilience in the harsh conditions of refugee camps.
RING ROAD (10 am – 2 pm): Information booth about the week’s events and involvement opportunities with local organizations supporting refugees.

RING ROAD (10 am – 2 pm): “Eye” Pledge Mural. Pledge to make a difference for refugees worldwide through this interactive art display.

CROSS-CULTURAL CENTER, RING ROOM (Mon. 10 am – 2 pm and Wed. 10 am – 2 pm): Experience a powerful VR short film about the dangerous journey refugees must take.



Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am
Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm