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ISSI: Teaching about Refugees in Global Context

Teaching about Refugees in Global Context: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Issues

International Studies Summer Institute

Workshop for K-12 Educators and Pre-Service Teachers

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

June 26–27, 2017


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that there are now more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people. That means nearly one in every 100 people on Earth has been driven from home by persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.

How do educators help students make sense of such a global crisis? 

  • The "Teaching about Refugees in Global Context" workshop will investigate and analyze historical and contemporary examples of forced migration.
  • Participants will explore ways they can take informed action in support of refugees and discuss what it means to be an advocate.
  • As a final project, each participant will create an action plan for their classroom or school that supports the development of curricular content on social justice and global forced migration.


Registration is now open! There is space for 20 teachers and 15 pre-service tachers. 

Teachers click here to register.

Pre-service teachers click here to register.

Each participant will receive $250 to offset transportation and accommodation costs.

For more information 

Brenna Fitzgerald at or 607-255-6688 

Emera Bridger Wilson at or 315-443-2553


Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International StudiesSoutheast Asia ProgramSouth Asia ProgramInstitute for African DevelopmentEast Asia ProgramLatin American Studies Program, and Cornell Institute for European Studies; Syracuse University’s South Asia Center and School of Education; the Teacher Professional Development Network of Central New YorkTST-BOCES, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.