New UniversityUCI Breaks the Silence on Refugee Experiences, May 2015

“Students across several campus organizations led an awareness campaign last week called Break the Silence in order to introduce UCI to the local refugee community. The week-long campaign included keynote addresses, panelists and refugees who shared their stories, as well as a candlelight memorial for refugees and victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.”

“Break the Silence was a collaborative effort that brought together local nonprofit organizations as well as student organizations, including the including the Tiyya Foundation, Fresh START (Students Together Aiding Refugees Today), ASUCI, the Speakers and Debate Commission, the Pollination Project, Cambodian Awareness Organization, Students for Global Peacebuilding, UNICEF, Alpha Phi Omega, the Blum Center, Rotaract. Proceeds raised from the campaign went to a college scholarship fund for local refugee youth.”

“Fourth-year international studies major Stella Liu originally thought of creating a weeklong refugee awareness campaign at UCI after her experiences backpacking alone across Southeast Asia during her junior year.”

Read the whole article, “UCI Breaks the Silence on Refugee Experiences” here.

Learn more about Stella Liu here.