SRRP began when Laila Soudi, a Syrian employee at Stanford who had been working on the front lines of the refugee mental health crisis, reached out to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne with an appeal to fund a University-wide response to the refugee crisis. Within two days, President Tessier-Lavigne and Dean Minor of Medicine responded positively. In September 2017, SRRP was granted exploratory funding. Dr. Michele Barry, Director of Global Health, is the Principal Investigator (PI) on this project.
This project sees an opportunity to uncover all faculty, staff, and students working on global displacement projects, connect them, and identify opportunities to collaborate and contribute meaningfully to the crisis.
Convene and engage a cross-campus community of students, faculty, and staff to address in an innovative and sustainable way the global challenge presented by the displacement crisis.
The Stanford Refugee Research Project sits at the intersection of refugee needs, Stanford capabilities and activities, and the Stanford mandate and interest in getting involved.