In a departure from the college’s tradition of presenting honorary degrees only to individuals, this year St. Michael’s College will present a degree to an entire organization – the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program – given the intense international focus on refugees in our world recently. As a local field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP) has been bringing hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants since 1980 by defending human rights, promoting self-sufficiency, and forging community partnerships.
“In giving VRRP this award, we are honoring all of the organizations within Vermont that work tirelessly to give hope and opportunity to New Americans in Vermont,” said Karen Talentino, the college’s vice president for Academic Affairs. “In addition to VRRP, these include the Association for Africans Living in Vermont, King Street Center, and the Vermont Family Network. St. Michael’s students and faculty contribute to this entire network through student internships, supervised research, and many classes focused on community-engaged learning.”
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