ISSI 2017: Teaching about Refugees in a Global Context

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Teaching about Refugees in a 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 in the world. 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 crisis? 

  • "Teaching about Refugees in a Global Context" investigated and analyzed historical and contemporary examples of forced migration.
  • Participants explored 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 created an action plan for their classroom or school that supported the development of curricular content on social justice and global forced migration.


ISSI 2017 Program (PDF)


ISSI 2017 refugee and human rights resource list (web page)

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 Studies, Southeast Asia Program, South Asia ProgramInstitute for African Development, East Asia Program, Latin 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 York, TST-BOCES, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.