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The Refugee Well-being Project (RWP) is an annual, 9-month long program pairing undergraduate students from the University of New Mexico with refugee families in the mobilization of community resources and mutual learning.

“I used to be stressed most of the time. Since I started the program, I met with new people. They encouraged me. They gave me hope. They made me comfortable. Then, instead of thinking about these negative things, then I just changed, switched to positive behaviors.” - A Congolese man

Refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi both learn from and teach American students in the promotion of their well-being.

Health and Social Inequalities: Community Research and Action with Refugees is a two semester class, cross-listed Soc 346/Anth 340/Psy 450

  • Make a real difference in the lives of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Central Africa who have been resettled in Albuquerque
  • Gain valuable experience working as an advocate with community members, non-profits, and service providers
  • Excellent cultural exchange and cross-cultural communication experiences
“I feel very lonely here because personally I’m a very social person and always have people around, but now here I feel there is no one to talk to. So I really always was excited about the Tuesdays [Learning Circles], and I was like counting the minutes when [student] could come.” - An Afghan woman

What Our Participants Are Saying

“In the beginning, I had no idea what a refugee was... I know now that they’re forced to flee… they don’t just flee because they want to… after working with them, I don’t really consider them refugees because I feel like that term makes people feel sorry for them more, feel sympathetic towards them when—I mean, they’re probably some of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met.”

-  UNM Student-Advocate

Contact RWP

Coordinator: Martin Ndayisenga

Phone: (505) 277-0369


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