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Afghan Family Project discussed at Faculty Meeting

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Faculty council meeting

Oklahoma State officials and faculty met to discuss topics including the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Stillwater.

Dean Kluver was the first to present at the meeting. 

The Afghan Family Project is dedicated to helping those who were forced to migrate transition smoothly into living in the United States. 

Catholic Charities is the only resettlement agency authorized in the state. Stillwater has been asked to take in 40 families, which is the third highest of Oklahoma cities behind Tulsa and OKC. 

Stillwater is currently prepared to begin taking in families by around mid – November, and finishing relocation by March of next year. 

“A blessing to our community,” is what Kluver describes the families Stillwater will be housing in the short future, with reasoning behind that largely to do with the economical input these families will likely provide.

Up to 25 families will be moving into university housing. Oklahoma State will provide needs such as  ESL training (English lessons) and bus travel to the families.

OSU students, especially international students, have been working for this cause since mid – August, when the crisis in Afghanistan began. They’ve acquired resources, and offered to help translate as much as possible.

Kluver finished his presentation with an idea and a look toward the future.

“We would love to develop scholarships for these students,” Kluver said.