Consortium on Forced Migration
Forced migration is one of the global challenges that shapes our present and future, along with the related issues of climate change, structural exclusion, and poverty. In early 2016, Bard (through its campuses in Annandale and Berlin), Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, and Vassar colleges, and the Council for European Studies joined forces to found the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education (CFMDE), which now also includes the New School. By educating future generations of professionals and leaders in the challenges facing those forced from their homes, and by expanding educational access for young people who have experienced forced displacement, the CFMDE aims to demonstrate how higher education institutions can develop democratic structures to address sweeping challenges like forced migration. These challenges are far-reaching, thus it is vital to pool our resources and expertise.
The CFMDE is excited to have this space as a “Digital Classroom” to share educational resources to further conversations and actions at higher education institutions around the world. The videotaped lectures, curated multimedia bibliographies, and EuropeNow issues devoted to forced migration can augment syllabi or public displays and events to generate more informed and productive—and less hostile—conversations about forced migration.
The CFMDE is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support.