Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies Officially Launched
May 1, 2022
The official launch of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies took place April 8 on Virginia Tech’s Upper Quad. The event highlighted work by students, faculty members, and community members: the ”In Place” podcast that focuses on displaced people in Virginia; the student-led Coalition for Refugee Resettlement, which fosters relationships between students and the refugee community; the college-preparatory program Elimisha Kakuma that offers tutoring for refugees; and the “Roots & Resettlement” digital series, which provides a multimodal outlet to share writing, art, and compositions about displacement, resettlement, place, and belonging. The Center was founded in 2020; Katrina Powell, a professor in the Department of English, serves as the director.