Rivier University to host Refugee Engagement Forum and panel discussion as part of Refugee Engagement Month

NASHUA, N.H. – Rivier University will host several events and activities throughout the month of March as part of its “Refugee Engagement Month,” which is intended to create opportunities for the University and Nashua community to be enlightened about the experience of refugees, engaged by the New Hampshire refugee community, and to exchange ideas that facilitate relationships between both communities. The following events are free and open to the public.

On March 15, an interactive Refugee Engagement Forum will be held on the Rivier campus in the Benoit Education Center’s Demoulas Room from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Director of International Services, Amy Marchildon, will lead the discussion. An overview of the refugee program in the U.S., and its process, will be discussed. Refugees from Congo and Bhutan will share their experiences of their journey, and a question and answer session will follow.

On March 26, a refugee panel discussion titled “Global Becomes Local” will be held, also in the Benoit Education Center’s Demoulas Room on the Rivier campus, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The panel will offer a dynamic discussion of the issues that refugees in New Hampshire face, from policy to personal, and will include the Chairman of the Board of the International Institute of New England, the Director of the International Institute of NH, and two current Rivier students who came to the U.S. as refugees. Dr. Mark Meehan, Rivier’s Associate Vice President of Global Engagement at Rivier, will moderate.

“As Nashua continues to host new refugee families, Rivier University’s Refugee Engagement Month provides a fantastic opportunity for people from Nashua to visit Rivier's campus and meet leaders from the refugee community and refugee placement organizations,” said Meehan. “These events won't be lectures, but rather platforms to meet and engage others about a very important aspect of New Hampshire's cultural development.”