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Project:BRIDGES

Project:BRIDGES is a student group that provides a framework for cross-cultural exchanges between students, refugees, and immigrants that can lead to reciprocal opportunities for education and training. After completing training, students are matched with a newcomer individual, family or group to offer assistance in areas encompassing legal, psychosocial, health, economic, linguistic issues, and/or other areas related to the practical aspects of daily life.

Vision

Project:BRIDGES’ vision is to improve the health and well-being of refugees and immigrants through connections with local communities. Their mission is to provide a framework for community connectedness through cross-cultural exchanges between students, refugees, and immigrants that will lead to reciprocal opportunities for education and training.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health’s Community Health Initiative piloted this new student group in the spring of 2012. Composed of students from across the University (undergraduate and graduate), the project is a newly registered official student organization.

Student Responsibilities

Pairs of student volunteers commit to a two-hour visit with their newcomer partner once a week for each semester. During each visit, students will work with newcomers in developing the skills necessary for adjustment to their new home, and newcomers will help students better understand their native culture as well as their process of acculturation in Nashville.

Application

Applications for Fall 2014 are due Friday, December 13 by 5:00p.m..

Apply online.

If you would like further information, please email communityhealth@vanderbilt.edu.

Activities

Project:BRIDGES New Member Orientation

Orientation is required for new members. Spring 2014 orientation is Monday, January 13 from 4:00-6:00 pm in Buttrick Hall Room 302.

Project:BRIDGES General Body Meetings

Project:BRIDGES members must attend at least 2 meetings. Meetings will be:

  • Thursday, February 6, 5:00-6:00 pm, Buttrick Hall 302
  • Wednesday, March 12, 4:00-5:00 pm, Buttrick Hall 302
  • Thursday, April 10, 5:00-6:00 pm, Buttrick Hall 302

Resource Links

Project:BRIDGES Handbook

Download the handbook: P:B Volunteer Manual 2013

Multilingual Resources for Students/Families:

ESL Resources:

Additional Resources for Students/Families:

Resources for Understanding Refugees:

*Have you found any other helpful resources? Let us know at  communityhealth@vanderbilt.edu

Contact

For more information, please contact communityhealth@vanderbilt.edu