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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Drake Gobbo


This paper introduces a program design for Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont that combines a credit-bearing course on asylum, displacement, and community-engaged learning with a collaborative initiative to host asylum seekers who might otherwise be held indefinitely in immigration detention at the college. Inspiration for the Marlboro Community Asylum Seekers Project arose from a campus-community partnership working to bring asylum seekers to Marlboro in 2019 and the acknowledgement by many stakeholders of the learning potential for all parties, including students at the college. The program curriculum is grounded in experiential and critical service learning theory and reflects a preliminary needs assessment conducted among college faculty and staff and community members. By laying out a comprehensive program design for the Marlboro Community Asylum Seekers Project, this paper seeks to capture how Marlboro College and its neighbors are partnering in this initiative; demonstrate how hosting asylum seekers on campus might be incorporated into the college’s curriculum in the future; and add to the small but growing body of literature exploring ways in which communities and higher education institutions are innovating in response to increasing displacement and migration.


Higher Education | International and Comparative Education