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The CC Refugee Alliance exists to connect CC students, faculty, and staff in meaningful ways with refugees and asylum seekers in Colorado Springs. We also participate in activist campaigns to better the lives of immigrants in the Colorado Springs community as well as the larger immigrant community in the United States. As members of the CC Refugee Alliance, individuals volunteer through Lutheran Family Services to help mentor and support refugees to achieve self-sufficiency in the US, tutor in ESL, attend events with speakers on issues relating to immigration on campus, and support other community movements, such as that of the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition.


First CC Refugee Film Festival a success

The CC Refugee Alliance & CC Films for Social Justice held our first Refugee Film Fest & Story Sharing event on Sunday, December 3, 2017. If you missed it, all four of the excellent short films we screened are available to watch online for free:

Wrestling Za'atari (12 minutes)

The Island of All Together (22 minutes)

Then I Came By Boat (10 minutes)
Welcome to Canada (20 minutes)
Feature film: Fuocoammare (Fire At Sea)
Preview is here, available for rent on Amazon Video and other platforms

Welcome to 2017-2018!

If you're interested in joining the CC Refugee Alliance, please fill out the required registration form in Summit here. This will let us know what areas you might want to be involved in, and will allow us to send you targeted emails about relevant upcoming trainings and workshops, as well as opportunities. The CC Refugee Alliance is open to students, staff, and faculty (as well as recent alums!), and you may join any time.

This year the CC Refugee Alliance (CCRA) will be meeting blockly every first Thursday of the block at 12:15 in Sacred Grounds (located in the basement of Shove Chapel). 

Our CCRA Book Club meets the second Thursday of every block, also at 12:15 in Sacred Grounds. During the fall semester, we are reading Mary Pipher's book The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community. Join us any time, and let us know if you need financial assistance in obtaining the book.

If you are on Facebook, please follow the CC Refugee Alliance page for up-to-date information as well. 

Follow our events on Facebook!

Student Co-Chairs:

Pranit Garg &
Natalie Sarver

Staff Advisors:

Heather Powell Browne
(founder, CC Global Education)
Jasmine Wallack
(Collaborative for Community Engagement)

Treasurer & Communications:

vacant, Fall 2018
Madeline Nicholson (Spring 2019)

ESL and Cultural Mentoring:

Awais Syed 
Ramah Aleryan (Spring 2019)
Staff support: Chelsea Walter
(CLD Specialist)

Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition

Olivia Petipas

Computer Club for Refugees

Russell Skorina

Job Support for Refugees

Sisi Koleva

Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Tutoring & College Readiness:

Contact Cecelia Dowgiallo @ LFS

Supply Drive and Apartment Set Up

Contact Cathy Verdier @ LFS