The Strengths of Refugees and their Communities
This exhibit uses the data collected from a Photovoice project, combining photography and transcriptions from groups discussions with adolescent refugees to better understand their experiences.
Refugees have been at the forefront of political discussion in the United States as the Syrian crisis escalates and xenophobia heightens. Much has been said regarding these refugees, but all too often the voices of refugees themselves is left out of the conversation. This exhibit uses the data collected from a Photovoice project, combining photography and transcriptions from groups discussions with adolescent refugees to better understand the lived experiences of adolescent refugees. The gallery highlights five main themes that were discussed: Stability and Security, Interpersonal Difficulties, Rooting Factors, Personal Growth, and Contribution. “I wish I could help out people… Imma give them everything. Because they are my people, I have to save my people” -Alex Speakers: Andrea Belgrade, PhD candidate at UM Psychology Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Assistant Professor at UM Social Work Ayah Kutmah, Co-Founder of REvive Dr. Mari Kira, Research Scientist at UM Psychology Dilli Gautam, MPH, President of the Bhutanese Community of Michigan