DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — As families of Syrian refugees have resettled in both Texas and Indiana this week, there are many questions about the wave of refugees still coming in.
The refugee crisis has become such a relevant issue that the University of Dayton’s Human Rights program hosted a teach-in Wednesday. Its purpose was to help people better understand the crisis and respond to it through dialogue.
It was organized by human rights studies students as part of their final class project. Students and community members came out to UD to take part in one of the five sessions. Dayton Police, Catholic Social Services, and Welcome Dayton were on hand talking about their roles in working with refugees.
Panelists discussed the state of the Syrian government, as well as fears of refugees in the U.S. They debated over the pros and cons and held a call to action of how education can move us forward.
“When you look at the threats and the fears people have, they’re valid because everyone has fears and we should be concerned about our safety,” said Theresa Schneider, a UD Human Rights student and organizer of the event. “I just hope this gives people kind of an understanding and a space where they can unpack the issue because it is such a complex issue, and there are so many different parts of it that it’s hard to get a full understanding and a well rounded understanding.”
The teach-in ran from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.