Sociology and Anthropology Department

Forced Migration Studies Project

We work to increase engagement with refugee outreach efforts and other displaced populations. The program seeks to:

  • Increase engagement with and advocacy for refugee communities through experiential learning;
  • Establish interdisciplinary courses that include topics on forced migration;
  • Increase research on population displacement, forced migration and resettlement;
  • Develop research and education on and off campus that centers on and empowers the voices of displaced persons.

How to get involved:

  • Students: Through off-campus internships, research opportunities, service learning courses and the Refugee Student Alliance, you have a variety of ways to become engaged with refugee communities.
  • Faculty: Consider incorporating a service learning or civic engagement component into one of your courses. Community-based research is also an opportunity to engage in meaningful scholarship relating to areas of forced migration.
About the Rochester refugee community


See the Center for Civic Engagement for upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Otieno R. Kisiara

Otieno R. Kisiara

Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
Golisano Academic Center 395