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Immigration & Resettlement

Over 2,000 refugees call Richmond their home. This page provides resources to learn more about immigration and resettlement. There are many ways to begin getting involved with supporting immigrants and refugees by taking diverse courses and connecting with organizations on and off campus.

Featured Community Partners

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Commonwealth Catholic Charities works to meet a variety of needs, alleviate suffering, and restore hope, dignity, and opportunities to those in need. 

International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.

ReEstablish Richmond
ReEstablish Richmond works to provide bridges of support for longer periods and fill gaps beyond initial resettlement services, to listen and respond to the changing needs of refugee and new immigrant communities and to connect newcomers with the right resources so they can exercise their full capabilities as providers, parents, and community members.

Sacred Heart Center
Sacred Heart Center connects Latino families with tools to thrive and flourish. Their work manifests through a continuum of educational opportunities for adults, innovative programs for youth and children and strategic partnerships to meet community needs.

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Campus Connections

Multicultural Student Solidarity Network
The Multicultural Student Solidarity Network is committed to bringing unity to multicultural students across campus. Their goal is to consolidate multicultural student groups' concerns and issues, in order to better represent them on campus. Their aim is to provide leadership training and professional opportunities for students of color as well as to create relationships with administrators, students, and staff. MSSN will foster a socially welcoming environment for students of color on campus and serve as a liaison between students and alumni of color.

Carole Weinstein International Center
The Carole M. Weinstein International Center is Richmond’s state-of-the-art hub for efforts to internationalize the curriculum, explore, and appreciate new cultures. On any given day, you can find people mastering a new language, planning their study abroad experience with an advisor or attending one of the many events and programs throughout the year that bring the world to campus every day.

Relevant Courses

LDST 307 Leadership in International Contexts
Examines the ethics of international leadership. Students will consider ethical issues relating to international affairs that leaders and followers confront in politics, the military, business, and the nonprofit sectors. Topics include war, global poverty, migration, and international institutions. Primary focus ethical.

SOC 306 Social Change in a Global Perspective
Addresses the processes and forces underpinning the rise of modern nation-states and capitalist economies in the developed and developing worlds. Topics include: the coming of European modernity; dependency and development in Latin America and East Asia; the communist experiment; and globalization.

PLSC 353 International Security
Investigates international issues that threaten the security and prosperity of societies and individuals in the modern world. Issues include global terrorism, human slavery and trafficking, genocide, civil wars and insurgencies, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.