University of Vermont SGA passes ‘Refugees Welcome’ resolution

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The University of Vermont’s Student Government took action in support of refugee resettlement.

The Student Chapter of Amnesty International went to Student Government to ask a resolution be adopted in support of refugee resettlement. Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization and the largest human rights grassroots organization in the world.

The resolution reads, “The students at UVM welcome refugees and support resettlement in Burlington.”

After students presented their cases to SGA, SGA’s Reginah Mako sponsored the resolution.

“To like be in mind of things that are going on because in the end we’re all here to make sure students have a fulfilling and safe experience here at UVM,” Mako said.

Furthermore, under the resolution students call upon other Vermont communities to join in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle refugees.

Students like Hailey Moll, who is a member of UVM Amnesty International, say though the resolution is not legally binding they felt as though they needed to do something.

“I think that we want to students who identify as a refugee or just students who support refugee resettlement can feel like it’s a welcoming community here,” Moll said.

The students said Amnesty International is working all over the country to support refugee resettlement.

Rachel Helbig is also a member of UVM Amnesty International.

“A lot of different city councils and student government associations through universities are trying to abide by these unbinding resolutions to welcome refugees to show the general public really does support the welcoming of refugees regardless of what our current administration and government says,” she said.

Burlington was one of those city councils.

“We wanted to do the same on campus to strengthen and amplify that effect in Burlington,” Moll said.

The University of Vermont is made up of less than 1% international students. Those students come from 73 different countries.

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