Regis University offers training and hope to refugees
Since 2009, Regis University has led an international effort to deliver online higher education to refugees in Kenya, Malawi and Syria. As part of Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, a global partnership of Jesuit-affiliated groups, Regis has helped more than 300 refugees begin online classes that will lead to a diploma in liberal studies.
“Our faculty has helped drive curriculum development and taught many of the courses,” notes Assistant Provost Steve Jacobs, one of many individuals instrumental in the development of the program. “Regis is also the diploma granting institution.”
“This is the Jesuit mission at its finest,” says Marie Friedemann, associate dean of Regis University College for Professional Studies, and the founding academic coordinator of the program. “We leverage our collective resources to offer a transformational experience for individuals who come from backgrounds of great trauma.”
It is clearly making an impact. According to Mary McFarland, program director, students have dramatically improved their chances for employment, and also have created several successful community health initiatives that benefit all people in the camps.
The Jesuit tradition calls us to use our skills to impact the world. Regis University answers that call by delivering education to people on the margins. Are you ready to answer the call?