Critical Conversations on Refugee and Migrant Education:
Toward Commitment and Concrete Action

The Refugee & Migrant Education Network will be hosting a series of conversations about issues within refugee education.

The series of programs will explore

  • Reimagining innovation in a time of global uncertainty;
  • Educating university students about refugees and migrants;
  • Developing effective partnerships advancing educational access to displaced persons.

Next Event

Initiatives in Refugee & Migrant Education: Moving Forward, Diving Deeper, Together

Rome/Italy, September 26-28 2022

This conference, developed in partnership with Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, is an international gathering of university administrators, faculty, and education practitioners as well as leaders of NGO’s, international agencies, and humanitarian organizations who are committed to enhancing and expanding educational opportunities for refugees and displaced peoples.

Call for Proposals

  • We invite papers that explore topics related to refugee education, best
    practices and current challenges in refugee learning or education
    about forced migration.
  • Please send a 500 to 700 word proposal that includes a thesis or
    statement of purpose and an outline of the paper as well as a brief
    biography including institutional position and affiliation if any by June
    15, 2022.
  • Proposals should be sent to

Previous Events

INTEGRATIVE JUSTICE MODEL: Measure Your Impact at the Margins

Virtual Event
March 29, 2022

What is the Integrative Justice Model and how can organizations use it to evaluate and refine their efforts to transform quality of life for their beneficiaries? Learn more with Tina Facca-Miess, PhD, and Fr Nicky Santos, SJ, PhD. 

Conversation Objectives:

  • Familiarize participants with the Integrative Justice Model (IJM), a normative n ethical framework for statistically predicting the extent to which an organization or intervention actually transforms quality of life (TQL) for beneficiaries.
  • Gain tools to apply IJM, leading to more effective strategic planning grounded in the voices of beneficiaries.
  • Open conversation on best practices in strategic planning.


November 16, 2021

RME, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and GHR Foundation gathered to explore strategies and practices that support effective partnerships. We discussed:

  • How can organizations partner well to deliver measurable and durable benefits for refugees and hosts?
  • Tips to build successful collaborations between refugee and host communities, NGOs and philanthropic funders with high levels of transparency, trust, and complementarity.
  • How to align visions, set priorities, monitor outcomes, and develop or adapt interventions to enhance programmatic impact and sustainability.

Watch full event:

Effective Partnerships Video


Leadership Lessons from the Jesuit Refugee Service

On June 15th 2021, JRS leaders joined the Refugee & Migrant Education Network for a candid conversation about how to address organizational challenges to better serve their community of  800,000 refugees each year and improve outcomes for forcibly displaced communities in 56 countries around the world.
Key questions that guided our conversation:
      • How does a humanitarian organization remain agile and responsive to the changing needs of forcibly displaced learners worldwide?
      • Can leaders embed innovation into their practices, programs, and cultures, without compromising mission or core values?
      • What enables broad buy-in and sustainability in managing organizational change? In diverse contexts?

Important moments from the conversation:

To watch the full event featuring experts from the Jesuit Refugee Service–Thomas H. Smolich, International Director;  Melly Preira, Director of Human Resources; Andre Atsu, Regional Director for East Africa–and moderated by Arnout Mertens, JRS Director of Programmes and Innovation, please visit our Facebook.


The current state and importance of refugee education as a pathway to opportunity


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits refugee children from Aleppo, Idlib and Homs at Taalabay school in Bekaa Valley.

The Refugee & Migrant Education Network, in partnership with the Gregorian University in Rome, hosted our  first program of in our 2021 Critical Conversations event series! The discussion featured Filippo Grandi, the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

This powerful and pertinent discussion focused on the realities and challenges of educating displaced people around the world. Fernando M. Reimers, Harvard University’s Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, moderated.