Involving Parents and Community Leaders to Promote College and Career Aspirations among Refugee Youth

Eugene Judson, Meseret Hailu, Mohammed Ibrahim


Among challenges of refugee students attempting to pursue ambitions to attend a university and subsequently take up a professional career, are uncertainty about how to navigate from high school to college and unawareness of career fields. In this paper, we report on results of a project focused on promoting STEM aspirations and understanding college navigation among refugee families in the United States. Through partnerships between refugee community organizations and a university, families participated in workshops that included learning about a breadth of STEM careers and how to chart a successful course from secondary to postsecondary education.

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