|The event is part of Rockhurst’s Social Justice Week and will take place at the Finucane Center on campus, and will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.|
|"We hope by demonstrating the realities of life in refugee camp, students will be inspired to become activists," said Laura Gaspo, JRS/USA Outreach Coordinator. "It's important to remind students how powerful and influential their voices and actions are in defending and advocating for refugees who are often forgotten and silenced."|
(Washington, D.C.) March 12, 2013 — Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., will host a mock refugee camp on April 9 and April 10 to promote awareness among the Rockhurst community about the living conditions of refugees in camps throughout the world, and the setbacks these refugees encounter when applying for assistance.
The event is part of Rockhurst’s Social Justice Week and will take place at the Finucane Center on campus, and will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The camp simulation is organized in cooperation with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. JRS/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
Part educational, part fundraiser and part interactive experience, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Camp Out allows participants to show solidarity with nearly 43 million displaced persons worldwide. This event, designed especially with high school and college campuses in mind, invites students to spend time in a public space on campus to remind their community of the global refugee crisis.
As students walk through the simulation they will experience some of the harsh realities of camp life, from carrying heavy buckets of water to the limited space inside a family tent. This is an opportunity for participants to place themselves in the shoes of a refugee, while learning ways in which they can find hope in refugee’s lives and spread awareness to their community.
"We hope by demonstrating the realities of life in refugee camp, students will be inspired to become activists," said Laura Gaspo, JRS/USA Outreach Coordinator. "It's important to remind students how powerful and influential their voices and actions are in defending and advocating for refugees who are often forgotten and silenced."
Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, and has been ranked among the top master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Intel also has ranked Rockhurst among the nation’s top 30 wireless college campuses.
Information for others interested in holding a 'Refugee Camp-out' can be found on the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA website.
Rockhurst: Alicia Douglas 816.501.4306 or Estuardo Garcia 816.501.4371
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA: Laura Gaspo 202.629.5945
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64110
Jesuit Refugee Service works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of approximately 700,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, more than half of whom are women. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs. JRS provides primary and secondary education to approximately 170,000 children, and undertakes advocacy to ensure that all displaced children are provided with a quality education.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.