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Advocating for Justice, Educating for the Future

DePaul University is well-positioned to expand its leadership in the areas of migration, mobility and human rights, given its already well-established prominence in the fields of immigration and human rights. The DePaul Migration Collaborative formally unites these existing areas of excellence, providing a new foundation for creating innovative learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, while leveraging the power of interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration to pursue dynamic, community-engaged projects, advocacy and research. 

Faculty from diverse areas that include law, psychology, social work, conflict resolution, Latin American and Latino studies, religious studies, public health and communication currently teach and work on issues central to migration and mobility. In 1996, the College of Law founded its nationally recognized Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic that partners with community organizations and practitioners to provide high-quality legal representation to immigrants and refugees. In 2015, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences launched the first graduate program in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies in the United States and is now an internationally recognized leader in the field. 

The new Collaborative between these two colleges bridges the fields of law, public health, humanities and the social sciences.  It expands and deepens DePaul’s legacy as an immigrant-serving institution and fulfills a core Vincentian value of working together with others for systemic change.