More than 4,000 political refugees from around the world have settled in the Capital Region in the past decade, and Hudson Valley is making a strong effort to reach out to this new group who seek their own version of “the American Dream.”
On Thursday, March 7, the college held its second Refugee College Day, an event aimed at showing the local refugee population that college can be a part of their future. Around 20 refugees were greeted by President Drew Matonak and given a sense of what higher education can mean for their future. The four-hour event also included presentations from Financial Aid; the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department; the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC); and the International Student Advisor.
Because of its stable economy and relatively low cost of living, the Capital Region is one of the main resettlement locations used by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, USCRI helps refugees emigrate and legally enter the United States. Once here, they help refugees acclimate to their new home, find a job, learn English and begin the daunting task of re-starting their lives in a new country.