Immigrants and Refugees - IRCO: Refugee Support and Education

Instructor Name: 
Colleen Kaleda
Course Description: 

This course will delve into the modern refugee and immigrant experience through direct contact with refugee and immigrant youth served by Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), a Portland non-profit social service organization. Students will work as volunteer teaching assistants in a classroom setting in after-school tutoring programs (for youth grades K-12) at various Portland middle schools and/or a high school. Students will be required to travel to the IRCO program schools (in outer SE and NE Portland) for 9 weeks during the course for two, 2-hour shifts at each site, for a total of 4 hours per week. Volunteer shifts will occur between 3pm and 6pm on weekdays. Students will work under the direction of community partner staff. Students will also complete a special project for IRCO, under the guidance of the professor and the directors of IRCO. Students should budget out-of-class time for final-product project work. Other readings and assignments will help students better understand the experience of refugees in America today, and the global refugee situation.

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