Skip to main content

SNHU GEM Featured at World Refugee Forum

Rachael Sears standing with someone at the UNHCR Global Refugee ForumLast week, Rachael Sears, Southern New Hampshire Vice President of Global Initiatives and SNHU’s Global Education Movement (SNHU GEM) Executive Director, attended the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees, offering hope at a time when a record 110 million people have been displaced from their homes around the world. Sears, along with several GEM students, presented to other leaders who are working to increase refugee access to higher education and supporting UNHCR’s goal to increase refugee enrollment in higher education to 15% by 2030. The current enrollment of refugees in higher education stands at just 6%.

“SNHU has made an impact on refugee education by providing U.S.-accredited bachelor’s degrees and pathways to employment for refugees, but it’s not enough,” Sears said. “The need is so great and we’re hoping we can support more organizations to get into this space.”

Higher education is a key factor in promoting self-reliance for refugees, and this group has come together to focus on solutions to access. At this year’s Forum, SNHU GEM also reaffirmed its commitment to refugee education with a public pledge to serve 5,000 refugee learners by 2030.

“The future of SNHU GEM is bright, and we will continue to increase our impact and our reach,” Sears said. “We support learners with the skills they need to gain employment and make impacts in their own lives. SNHU GEM graduates have stepped up to become community leaders and lead the conversation that’s happening about refugees around the world.”

Watch the latest video from SNHU GEM to learn more about SNHU GEM’s work offering pathways to higher education and employment for refugee learners.

Siobhan Lopez is a former journalist, who is now the assistant director of media relations at Southern New Hampshire University.

Explore more content like this article

SNHU Campus Green Space

SNHU Graduate Programs in Health Information Management, Public Health, Recognized for Academic Standards, Quality

Two graduate programs at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) were recently recognized by accrediting bodies for each program’s commitment to industry standards and continuous improvement in higher education in their field.
CAEP Excellence in Educator Preparation Accreditation badge

SNHU Educator Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

Southern New Hampshire University's School of Arts, Sciences, and Education secures accreditation from CAEP for educator preparation programs, ensuring high standards and competitive advantages for graduates. The accreditation, effective until Fall 2030, signifies quality and excellence in teacher training.
SNHU Campus Green Space

FAFSA Changes in 2024: What You Need to Know

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has changed. But the changes are actually intended to simplify the process of applying for financial aid. Find out more about the recent FAFSA update from a financial aid expert at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

About Southern New Hampshire University

Two students walking in front of Monadnock Hall

SNHU is a nonprofit, accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.