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UMD Refugee Day Welcomes Families to Campus Tomorrow

By Maryland Today Staff

Members of the UMD community and refugees who have settled in Prince George’s County will come together at the Cambridge Community Center from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow to mark UMD Refugee Day, an event that will feature music, food, sports and games.

Hosted by the MLAW and the College Park Scholars programs in International Studies and Justice and Legal Thought, the event caps a year in which students in these programs worked with refugees—primarily from Afghanistan—to get them acclimated to their new homes on or near the campus.

UMD President Darryll J. Pines, Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo, and representatives from the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services and Solutions in Hometown Connections will speak at the event, and a representative from the office of U.S. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ’63 will attend. The celebration is expected to draw some 100 refugees.

In addition to pick-up soccer and cricket games, face-painting, live music, campus tours and crafts tables, there will also be visits to the new prayer spaces on campus at 1:30 and 4 p.m. to accommodate Muslim participants.

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