Immigrants & Refugees

Student-journalists covered the refugee community in the Salt Lake Valley during Fall semester 2017.

The reporters were: Emily Anderson; Jace Barraclough; Devon Alexander Brown; Zach Carlson; Kaya Danae; Scott Funk; Blake Hansen; Blake Lancaster; Hayden S. Mitchell; Danny O’Malley; Wesley Ryan; Anna Stump; Katie Undesser; Alaynia Winter.

Their stories included: a profile of the Refugee Justice League, which promotes and defends the Constitutional rights of refugees; a piece on the benefits of the Fruits and Vegetables Prescription project; a description of Women of the World and its capacity-building work; an overview of conditions for gay men in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Students also created a Google Map with dozens of pinpoints highlighting resources for refugees, including community centers, organizations and schools.

 

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Back row, from left: Scott Funk, Devon Alexander Brown, Katie Undesser, Alaynia Winter, Zach Carlson. Front row, from left: Professor Kimberley Mangun, Wesley Ryan, Emily Anderson, Blake Hansen, Hayden S. Mitchell, Danny O’Malley, Jace Barraclough, Kaya Danae, Blake Lancaster. Not pictured: Anna Stump. Photo by Amity Mower.

Their in-depth reporting coincided with drastic reductions in the number of refugees who will be allowed to resettle in the United States in 2018 and a weeklong interactive exhibition, Forced from Home, hosted in Salt Lake City by Doctors Without Borders/Medicins sans Frontieres.

J Mase III

Students enjoyed, and live-tweeted, a spoken-word performance by J MASE III at the University of Utah on Oct. 5, 2017. Mase is “a Black/trans/queer poet based in Seattle by way of NYC.” Standing from left: Wesley Ryan, Devon Alexander Brown, Anna Bordes, J Mase III, Danny O’Malley, Blake Lancaster. Front row, from left: Katie Undesser, Kaya Danae.

Find links to their stories and read their blogs and bios by clicking a name above, or by selecting Blogs & Bios from the drop-down box, at left. Stories also can be located by clicking on a Tag or selecting a topic such as Education from the Categories box.

 

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Students also covered this beat during Fall semester 2008.

Stories included profiles of the International Rescue Committee and other organizations in Salt Lake City; an article about The School for New Americans in West Valley City; and a story about the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Student-journalists were: Matt Bergstrom, Brady Leavitt, Reed Nelson, Michael Olson, Brett Perfili and Brad Taggart.

Find links to their stories and read their blogs and bios by clicking a name above, or by selecting Blogs & Bios from the drop-down box, at left. Stories also can be located by clicking on a Tag or selecting a topic such as Education from the Categories box.