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Working Group on Refugees, Europe, and Service Learning

Now in its seventh year, WRESL – the Working Group on Refugees, Europe, and Service Learning – provides an informal space in which some of the Center for European Studies’ undergraduates, Excel EURO-TAM students, can discuss the circumstances of refugees in Europe and the US. This group actively seeks out opportunities to learn about the immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic and to engage with those involved in integration processes. Thus far, we have focused attention on the efforts of refugee assistance programs (Church World Service), community partnerships (Transplanting Traditions), student volunteer tutors, as well as international photographers and film makers. As the name suggests, we are interested in wrestling with the challenges and successes of migrants and the ways in which non-migrants contribute to the immigrant experience.

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Blog Posts

MOABIT HILFT: Christiane Beckmann

On January 24th, we spoke to Christiane Beckmann, manager of Moabit Hilft e.V., about how she became involved in grassroots work, the refugee integration experience in Germany, and how she leverages politics for refugee rights advocacy.
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TRANSPLANTING TRADITIONS: Nora and Paw Paw

On November 27th, we invited Nora and Paw Paw from Transplanting Traditions to learn about ways to aid immigrants and refugees within our local community.
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RECENT WRESL EVENT: SCREENING: THE FIELDS OF IMMOKALEE

At noon on February 7th, we screened a Bertelsmann-Foundation film in the GEC followed by a panel.
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OCTOBER 2019 WORKSHOP – CHRIS AND HEVAL

WRESL members were recently invited to take part in a workshop focused on reconciling differing opinions.
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MARCH 1ST: AN EVENING ON IMMIGRATION

Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., joined us to discuss the AICGS project called “Integration: Made in Germany.”
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WRESL HAD ITS FIRST FALL 2019 MEETING ON SEPT. 20TH

We heard from Professor Christiane Lemke of the University of Hannover in Germany and from one of our WRESL members, Cameren Lofton, about a refugee theater project they worked on this summer.
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TAM Student Volunteering

After returning to UNC during the peak of the Refugee Crisis, Sam Barber got involved as a volunteer in the refugee community in Chapel Hill, via student organization INJAZ.
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A European Partner and Refugees

Center colleague Christian Wilhelm, from Humboldt University in Berlin, spoke with WRESL about creating a path for refugees in Germany to enroll in Humboldt’s German-Turkish Master’s Program. One student shared her reflection.
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Refugees in Europe and Berlin

My German colleague wanted to enable refugees to join GeTMA – the German-Turkish Master’s Program Humboldt has run in conjunction with The Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.
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Volunteering with Refugees Overseas

The Center for European Studies hosted a panel discussion focused on undergraduates who will undertake or have engaged in volunteer work with refugees overseas.
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Students Visit Refugee Exhibition

A small group of Excel @ Carolina students who are part of our EURO-TAM Program recently went to The Friday Center to see a multimedia art exhibition called REFUGEE. The students shared their impressions.
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