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Collegiate Outreach Program

Students in the Collegiate Outreach Program help create an environment for local displaced persons to feel welcomed and supported in their journey to resettlement. In advocating for displaced persons, our members organize events to facilitate inclusion and make connections to volunteer opportunities. Forming lifelong relationships from making the difference is an added benefit.

(Click the icons below to learn more about each chapter)

 
 

western michigan university

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Nathan Browning, Chapter President

Contact ROC WMU:

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Spring 2018
Meeting Times: Every Monday at 4pm
Location: Bernhard Center - Faculty Lounge

ROC WMU primarily focuses on volunteering. Our students have completed over 300 hours of service in the 2017-18 academic year alone. We have been working with around 6 families that have been resettled in Kalamazoo, teaching English, providing transportation, tutoring students, and building friendship.

Past Events:

 All speakers for The Refugee Dialogues, Fall 2016

All speakers for The Refugee Dialogues, Fall 2016

 Bahar Ensemble performing at the Orchestra Rouh Concert, Fall 2017

Bahar Ensemble performing at the Orchestra Rouh Concert, Fall 2017

 
 ROC members and friends at the Soccer Social, Spring 2017

ROC members and friends at the Soccer Social, Spring 2017

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Kalamazoo College

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Kalli Hale, Chapter President

Contact ROC at K College:

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Spring 2018
Meeting Times: Every Sunday 7pm
Location: K College Library, Room 308

ROC at K College is designed to educate and rally young activists about the refugee crisis and to enact positive change both locally and globally. We do this by volunteering regularly with local families, starting discussions on campus, and celebrating different cultures through recurring cooking classes.

Past Events:

 Former Lost Boys Philip (left) and Gabriel (right) speaking after a showing of  The Lost Boys of Sudan  at Kalamazoo College, Spring 2017

Former Lost Boys Philip (left) and Gabriel (right) speaking after a showing of The Lost Boys of Sudan at Kalamazoo College, Spring 2017

 ROC students during their Furniture Drive, Summer 2016

ROC students during their Furniture Drive, Summer 2016

 Cultivating Community Through Cooking, a cooking class hosted by ROC and Welcoming Michigan

Cultivating Community Through Cooking, a cooking class hosted by ROC and Welcoming Michigan

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Central Michigan University

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Kaci Clayton, Chapter President

Contact ROC at CMU:

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Spring 2018
Meeting Times: Every Wednesday at 7pm
Location: Anspach Hall, Room 257A

ROC at CMU (formerly Student Advocates for Forced Migrants) is primarily an advocacy-based chapter that exemplifies the pillar of advocacy of ROC. We have the goal of bringing attention to and advocating for forced migrants around the world. This includes refugees, victims of human trafficking, and immigrants.

Past Events:

 ROC CMU hosting a tabling session to write legislators about DACA and the D.R.E.A.M. act, Fall 2017

ROC CMU hosting a tabling session to write legislators about DACA and the D.R.E.A.M. act, Fall 2017

 ROC CMU's letters to newly resettled families in Michigan, Fall 2017

ROC CMU's letters to newly resettled families in Michigan, Fall 2017

 
 ROC CMU (then SAFM)'s panel discussion: Finding Home: The Refugee Crisis in the U.S. and Abroad, Spring 2017

ROC CMU (then SAFM)'s panel discussion: Finding Home: The Refugee Crisis in the U.S. and Abroad, Spring 2017

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Michigan State University

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Emily Worline, Interim Chapter President

Contact ROC MSU:

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Spring 2018
Meeting Times: TBD
Location: TBD

ROC MSU's mission is to educate students about the global migration crisis, connect students to volunteer opportunities and organize inclusive events.

Past Events:

 ROC MSU students tabling on Earth Day about environmentally displaced persons, Spring 2017

ROC MSU students tabling on Earth Day about environmentally displaced persons, Spring 2017

 
 Cheering on Refugee Development Center's "Newcomers" soccer team, Fall 2016

Cheering on Refugee Development Center's "Newcomers" soccer team, Fall 2016

 
 Tales About Home, a storytelling event featuring different speakers and performers that discussed tales of displacement, Fall 2016

Tales About Home, a storytelling event featuring different speakers and performers that discussed tales of displacement, Fall 2016

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Start a movement on your campus

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Michelle Thorpe, Collegiate Program Coordinator

Contact Michelle to request information about starting a ROC collegiate chapter:

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The ROC family is made up of dedicated, motivated, and passionate people like you. Contact Michelle to join us.

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Whether you want to start a brand new chapter, or you'd like to convert your currently existing student organization, joining ROC is a highly flexible and welcoming process.

Benefits of Joining ROC:

  1. ROC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We also have tax exempt status from the IRS. This means that donations to your chapter can be written off on donors' tax returns.
     
  2. By joining you will be granted access to our resources, including documentaries we rent, funding we receive, and much more.
     
  3. We have many connections with large nonprofits and businesses externally, but also a great amount of young leaders from our different collegiate chapters. We are more than just a network, we are a family.

If you'd like to start a chapter with a mission that doesn't perfectly match ours, don't hesitate to reach out.
We love diversity of opinion and methods, as there is more than one way to solve humanitarian issues. This is especially true if your locale has a specific need you'd like to try and solve.

Contact Michelle to the left to receive more information!

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