The University of Maryland College Park will be the first public university to temporarily house Afghan refugees on campus, reported WTOP News. They’ll be arriving within the next several weeks. “Public education is really about public good,” said Patty Perillo, the university’s vice president for student affairs, in a statement. “We are creating the model here at Maryland. We are developing the structure and systems for others to carry forward, helping many more refugees in need.”
The institution is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help Afghan families evacuated through Operation Allies Welcome, as well as special immigrant visa holders, the station said. While the IRC helps them find permanent housing, the refugees can live on campus for up a year. Employment and education assistance, counseling and other social services will also be provided.
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