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College consortium receives $2.5M grant for migration study

October 6, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A research partnership formed by four Vermont colleges has received a $2.5 million grant to expand research on forced migration.

The Bennington Banner reports the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the four-year grant to the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education which was created by Bennington, Vassar, Bard and Sarah Lawrence colleges in 2016. Funds will be used to create curricula and programs.

Organizers say wars and climate change have drastically affected human migration.

Susan Sgorbati, director of Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action, says the “global refugee crisis” is important and needs to be addressed. Sgorbati hopes the consortium can create “sustainable structures” to integrate refugees into different countries.

The colleges plan to meet Oct. 26.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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