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LSE SU Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is part of a national network of student societies that seek to empower and improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad. We do this through campaigning, fundraising, educating and volunteering!
Our annual flagship is LSE SU STAR Refugee Week!
The 2020 theme is“Different Pasts, Shared Futures", the diverse experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum both before and after their arrival in the UK. Our theme also highlights STAR’s mission to build a society where refugees are supported to thrive as equal members of the community. All fundraising in aid of STAR - Student Action for Refugees!
Here’s a snapshot of what else we do!
We organised a Human Rights Day Stall, where students dropped by our stall to show their support for Equal Access to education, regardless of your background. In support of our campaign, we are working with LSE to organise the first ever Open Day for aspiring students from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds.
This campaign is ongoing - more actions to come!
A highlight was our third annual Run For Refugees, organised in collaboration with LSE SU Amnesty International and LSE SU Athletics and Running. Students ran 5km at Parliament Hill to fundraise for STAR and Amnesty UK. Through registration fees and additional donations, we raised £460, funding vital activism to champion refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
We will organise another fundraising run to fundraise for STAR this year!
To support the movement to Lift the Ban on asylum-seekers accessing paid work, we hosted an informative and insightful Panel Discussion featuring representatives from NGOs, experts by experience and an MP.
Also, we held several talks on asylum systems around the world, with volunteers and experts from Germany and Japan.
Finally, at our Movie Night / Social, we watched For Sama, an award-winning documentary revealing an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. Plenty of free food was provided!
More educational events will be organised in 2020!
We recruit volunteers for programmes run by partner organisations, including Notre Dame Center for Refugees (NDRC) and Salusbury World, to support participants as they learn English, search for jobs, and rebuild their lives in London.
We also run an English Conversation Club with English for Action, empowering people with refugee backgrounds with English language skills.
Lastly, as part of STAR’s national network, we participate in nationwide campaigns on issues including family reunion, equal access to higher education, and immigration detention.
In summer 2018 AND summer 2019, we received their Silver Comet Award for our great work! We've also received a Gold STAR Award from LSE SU :)
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