Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Students in Higher Education

This project consists of two artifacts: a literature review and a course syllabus. The course is intended to give scholarly practitioners in higher education a grounded understanding of refugees, asylees, and otherwise displaced peoples and their needs, specifically with regard to their tertiary/post-secondary/higher education needs. The course will help provide higher education professionals with a framework for administering services that better serve refugee students in practice, policy, and purpose (instruction, impact, and intent). The paper serves as both a resource for academic and student affairs professionals, as well as a plea to those in positions of power and influence to adapt processes, services, and other student supports in order to aid refugee students in their post-secondary education journey.

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The talk is a part of the Open Education Design Workshop 2019 event filmed and produced by Videolectures.NET.


Spencer Ellis

Spencer Ellis is Director of Educational Innovation at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. He is a scholarly practitioner of higher education administration seeking innovative collaboration higher education and international education. Globally minded and impassioned professional, Spencer Ellis is dedicated to student success, diversity and multiculturalism. He is compelled in service to others, and motivated to collaborate with peers to resolve complex issues.


James Glapa-Grossklag

James Glapa-Grossklag is Dean of the Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons, California, USA. He supervises Distance and Accelerated Learning, Libraries, and Tutoring.He directs the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant, supporting California Community Colleges in making distance learning accessible. He was previously President of the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) and currently serves as President of the Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education. He has substantial experience in accreditation, with a particular focus on evidence collection and distance learning.