Arvind, Maguire Fellow in Dallas

Arvind is a junior majoring in finance with a specialization in alternative asset management at the Cox School of Business. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working with Apollo Tutors and the Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development to set up a process to connect volunteers with tutoring opportunities at schools in West Dallas.

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Knowledge is power: Dallas assists with humanitarian crisis

Over this past summer, Dallas has been a haven for refugees from crisis-stricken Iraq and Syria, while also assisting federal agencies with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Many Dallas advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and county officials are staying engaged in the issue to ensure Dallas is a proactive, supportive place.

Supporting Immigration Agencies

In July, Dallas Country announced that it would be housing nearly 2000 immigrant children who have been held in detention facilities. The children were to be relocated to existing facilities run by local nonprofits, and would have been integrated into the DISD and RISD school districts in Dallas and Collin counties. The County changed its plans due to federal facilities overestimating their facilities’ occupancy, but will be providing legal support to stay engaged in the process.

Integrating Communities

Vickery Meadow has also provided assistance to refugees from Iraq and Syria, many of whom came to the United States to escape the conditions of the ongoing civil war and to obtain a higher standard of living and education for their children. Many of these children will be attending local school districts including DISD and RISD. Local nonprofits are working to ease the transition into American schools by providing ESL and language education support to refugees in Dallas.

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