Students in "Global Displacement: Voix Francophones" create video resources for refugees.
Duke Hello is a service-learning project for the course "Global Displacement: Voix Francophones" (FRENCH 325S) and aims to bridge the language gap for refugee families living in Durham. Students produced a series of videos to acclimate newly resettled refugees to situations they may find linguistically or culturally challenging, such as filling a prescription or talking to a child’s teacher.
“We can sit in a class for three hours each week and learn about the issues displaced people face through readings, news articles or discussions among ourselves,” Batsuli says. “But we cannot truly understand the needs of others until we sit down with them, lay aside our accumulated knowledge and assumptions, and just listen to their stories.”
--Nefer Batsuli, junior