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Beyond Labels: Who is a student without the 'refugee' label?

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Plexus Student Centre
Kaiserstraat 25
2311 GN Leiden
Spectrum Room

Celebrate with us the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Meeting Point for Refugee Students, the place where students with a migrant background can get together. This is also UN Refugee Day that aims to draw attention to the situation for millions of refugees throughout the world. 

We will look back at what we have achieved over the past year, and inspiring speakers will talk about their experiences. There will be interactive sessions with the opportunity for discussion, interspersed with music and poetry. A light meal will also be provided. 


Organisations that want to show what they can do for refugees are welcome to come and present their services. If you would like to use one of the stands, please send an email to meetingpoint@sea.leidenuniv.nl


Will you be there on 20 June? For catering purposes, please sign up via the registration form.


16.30 ‑ 17.00

Arrival with coffee and tea
Musical acompaniment

17.00 ‑ 17.15

Poetry/Spoken word 

17.15 ‑ 17.30

Welcome speech by Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus Leiden University

17.30 ‑ 17.45

Presentation of results of one year of the Meeting Point, by Lesage Munyemana, initiatiator of the  Meeting Point. Munyemana, from Congo-Kinshasa, is a student of biology at Leiden University. 

17.45 ‑ 18.00


18.00 ‑ 18.30

Beyond Labels: Who am I and what have we got in common? Who or what is a person without the 'refugee' label? Interactive session.

18.30 ‑ 19.00

Keynote speech Adel Albaghdadi from Syria and founder of the WE Organization: I am a refugee but I had a life before that!

19.00 ‑ 20.00

Closing ceremony Followed by networking and refreshments

About the Meeting Point

Leiden University has a clear responsibility, now and in the future, to promote the integration of newcomers, including refugees. To achieve this aim, in 2016 the university set up the Meeting Point for Refugee Students.  This is a place where everyone - students, staff, Dutch and non-Dutch - can come together to seek or offer support with their studies or career. Input from students helps policy-makers revise outdated guidelines and procedures. 

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