AACRAO Policy Paper Initiates Pledge to Support Vulnerable and Displaced Students
New York, N.Y. - An executive summary of a forthcoming AACRAO policy paper released today began what those working in the International Education community expect to make an impact.
At a meeting hosted by the Ford Foundation for Social Justice, Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director, AACRAO, and Annetta Stroud, Associate Director Training and Program Development, AACRAO, presented
with Keith David Watenpaugh, Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies, University of California, Davis,
on the Article 26 Backpack to a group of stakeholders*. With this presentation came
the release of the Executive Summary of a policy paper entitled, “Inclusive Admissions Policies for Displaced and Vulnerable Students.”
Pledge to Support Vulnerable and Displaced
AACRAO will release the full policy paper at its 105th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA on April 2, which will begin the work to be done in the International Education community.
“Through concerted, collaborative efforts, we pledge to work to reduce the cultural, structural, and financial barriers to higher education and promote at-risk students’ right to access
higher education, for the benefit of us all,” reads the pledge.
The paper lays out:
- The situation at hand,
- The perspectives of those affected, as well as
- A guide for support of those affected by conflict and natural disaster
Read the Pledge for Education in the Executive Summary of the Inclusive Admissions Policies for Displaced and Vulnerable Students Policy Paper here.
*Representatives from the Ford Foundation, Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education, IIE, WES, Rutgers University, the UARRM, amongst others.
AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals representing approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its commitment to the professional development of its members includes best practice guidance on admissions strategies to meet institutional diversity objectives, delivery of academic programs in innovative ways to meet the needs of a changing student body, and exemplary approaches to student retention and completion.