About the topic: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees approached CISAC last year to collaborate on a project to improve conditions among global refugee communities. This has led to a multidisciplinary partnership involving CISAC, students from across the Stanford campus and at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Professors, NGOs, physicians, architects and other professionals have all volunteered time and expertise. The project led to a Law School class, "Rethinking Refugee Communities," co-taught by CISAC's Tino Cuéllar and IDEO's Leslie Witt. Four students representing teams from the class recently traveled to refugee camps in western Ethiopia on the border with Sudan. They conducted field research for their projects focused on camp communications; early camp setup and registration; food security and economic sustainability; and host community relations.
Parth Bhakta, Co-term senior and first-year graduate student, Computer Science
Beth Duff-Brown,Communications and Editorial Manager, CISAC
Jessica Miranda Garcia, Second-year graduate student, International Policy Studies
Benjamin Rudolph, Senior, Computer Science
Devorah West, Second-year graduate student, International Policy Studies
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (Host), Co-Director, CISAC; Co-Instructor, “Rethinking Refugee Communities”