Webster Geneva Students Collaborate with Refugees in Semester-Long Story of Engagement, Cultural Integration

Dec. 20, 2016

Geneva Students Collaborate with Refugees in Semester-Long Story
From the Instagram page, "The Refugee in Me."

Through a semester-long collaboration, Webster University students at the Geneva campus joined with local refugees to promote a true reflection of the refugee crisis through media storytelling and cultural integration.

As they met weekly with students from September to December, refugees learned the basic structure of storytelling and discovered their own voice. Hosted by the Webster Humanitarian Association, students worked alongside them, using media as a platform to raise awareness of refugee issues.

“The refugees are some of the strongest people I know,” said Etsehiwot Negash, president of the WHA, in an interview at Webster Geneva. “They have gone through so much in their life and you always see a smile on their faces. I got a really good insight into the daily issues they face and I learned a lot about their rights.”

Refugees during the "Home to Home" exhibit
Refugees shared their visual story in the
"Home to Home" exhibit Dec. 7.

The collaboration included an exhibit, "Home to Home," on Dec. 7 where refugees told visual stories of their journey, revealing where they came from and how they are currently living.

Throughout the semester, Webster students also hosted social events to better integrate refugees, ranging from cultural recipe exchanges for thanksgiving to a movie night of a popular Bollywood film from their region. 

Read more in the full story at Webster Geneva.                          

tags:  academics, global, home page, geneva, human rights, webster life, webster today,