Displaced & Vulnerable Students

The displacement of students, even temporarily, can have a chilling effect on the lives of those impacted. It can also alter the path toward degree completion. Effective and timely assistance for campus communities in addressing the damage done can make a difference in how quickly the challenges for students can be overcome. As a leader in best practices around enrollment and records management, AACRAO is a contributor to Article 26 Backpack (A26BP).

Lead by Global Affairs at UC Davis and in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, the A26BP is named for the article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that establishes the right to education. This cloud-based “ecosystem” aims to help refugees and other vulnerable young people reclaim their education.

AACRAO's commitment to the A26 Backpack motivated the association to bring the international education community together in order to develop a framework for the admission of these students to U.S. institutions. 


NEWInclusive Admissions Policies for Displaced and Vulnerable Students

This 2019 report explores the barriers preventing the admission of displaced and vulnerable students to U.S. institutions and provides guidance for those seeking best practices. Read the report

Fall 2017 Symposium

AACRAO led convening to discuss best practices in educational records and supporting access to higher education of vulnerable persons, as well an introduction the A26BP. Read the report


March 25, 2019
AACRAO launches pledge to protect education for all. Read more.

November 5, 2018
AACRAO's work on the A26 Backpack highlighted in the Washington Post. Read more.

July 27, 2018
Roughly 120 academics and nonprofit officials, including AACRAO's Annetta Stroud and Julia Funaki, kicked off a new Rutgers-based consortium called the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants. Its goal: to coordinate and scale up the patchwork of university programs assisting displaced people. Read More.

June 12, 2018
UC Davis Launches Digital Tool in Lebanon to Help Syrian Refugees Reclaim Right to Education. Read More.

May 15, 2018
Annetta Stroud, AACRAO's Associate Director for Training and Program Development, on The Article 26 Backpack™ : A Unique Human Rights Tool to Support Access to Higher Education for TAICEP. Read more.

March 26, 2018
Washington, DC Higher Ed Association and Orlando Students Pressure Congress to Protect Vulnerable Students. Read more.

March 7, 2018
AACRAO attends off-the-record session roundtable discussion sponsored by IIE and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement to discuss innovative initiatives highlighting the A26BP™.

February 18-21, 2018
AACRAO presents at the annual AIEA conference in DC on a panel session with UNITAR and Rutgers titled: Universities' Role in Assisting and Empowering Refugees and At-Risk Migrants.


AACRAO pledge recognized with "Power of A" Award

Jul 29, 2019

ASAE honored AACRAO's work "above and beyond their everyday mission to undertake initiatives that benefit America and the world."

international policy paper release

Taking a pledge for education

Apr 2, 2019

Help vulnerable and displaced students now.


IIE Summit: A centennial celebration and a call to action

Mar 4, 2019

AACRAO traveled to New York for the event, which encouraged attendees to ask how their institutions can support the basic human right to education.


What’s next in international higher ed? Possibilities and probabilities for the future

Feb 4, 2019

AACRAO presented at the 2019 AIEA Conference, attended by over 800 SIOs.


A moral imperative: Why and how universities can support vulnerable and displaced student populations

Oct 1, 2018

Academically defensible strategies for admitting students without normal documentation.


AACRAO returns to Lebanon to help refugees seeking education

Jul 20, 2018

Identifying, assisting, and admitting vulnerable and displaced students.


AACRAO supports UC Davis launch of digital tool to help Syrian refugees reclaim right to education

Jun 18, 2018

Facebook live event: Wednesday morning at 7 A.M. EDT.

AACRAO Trending Topics Take Over #AACRAO18

Apr 10, 2018

AACRAO to join the University Alliance for Refugee and at Risk Migrants

Feb 12, 2018

Extending our work with displaced and vulnerable students.

AACRAO travels to Lebanon in support of the Article 26 Backpack

Dec 12, 2017

The project addresses document reconstruction and assessment for displaced students.

Supporting Syrian refugee access to U.S. higher education

Jan 27, 2016

Context, best practices and resources.