Refugee Week – What can I do?

Let’s celebrate and support refugees...


It’s #RefugeeWeek2021 (14 – 20 June 2021), and this year’s theme is “We cannot walk alone”. It’s a week-long “UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary” (see more on the Refugee Week website here).  


So what can you do as an OU student – for Refugee Week and beyond?  

There are around 26 million refugees around the world (source: UNHCR), and there is lots more that could be done to make our communities (local, international and the OU community) a better place for refugees. 

1. Join the Club! 

We have a Club for OU Students and Staff, OSTARS (Open Students’ Asylum and Refugee Support Group), which is campaigning for the OU to become a University of Sanctuary. This initiative aims to encourage universities to become welcoming and safe places for refugees and asylum seekers. So why not join the Club and see what you can do to help this initiative?  

The Club are also keen to get more student involvement in running the Club, so send them a message if you’re interested! 

2. Start small  

Check out Refugee Week’s ‘Simple Acts’ for some inspiration of small actions that can make a big difference.  From reading to walking – there’s something for everyone. 

3. Spread the word 

Do some research and spread the word – getting the message out there is the starting point for change!  

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Lara Munday

Lara is a member of the OU Students Association staff team.

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