The open and welcoming atmosphere that comprises SMU here in Dallas, Texas is something that the students, faculty, and administration can look forward to day in and day out, a comfort not vastly shared within the sprawling parts of the city. Diverse and growing, Dallas is home to a large refugee population. Due to the current and historically ongoing economic, political, cultural, and natural turmoil in East Africa, Dallas has become a home away from home for many East African peoples, mostly from Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. A large part end up being relocated in the nearby Vickery Meadows neighborhood, a diverse community comprising of 60% refugees and those seeking asylum, in which multiple SMU students and organizations constantly volunteer and serve in. Though this has definitely brought Vickery Meadows and its inhabitants to the attention of the SMU community, the stories and backgrounds behind the ethnically and culturally diverse community are not.
students, research, Dallas, Texas
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Campos, Jose Ramon and Bastoni, Nick, "VM Refugee: Dallas Community" (2012). Big iDeas 2012 Proposals. 9.