Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. David Merrell

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Susanna Lubanga


This research looks at the significant barriers that exist in the United States that hinder African refugee youth from being able to pursue their educational goals. According to the literature, language, social, and economic barriers during this pivotal point in their lives are often reasons that refugee students may have a difficult time going to college. Refugee families enter the United States in hopes of a prosperous life. The following research will discuss ways that current or former refugees have overcome these barriers through forms of intervention and acts of resiliency to reach their educational goals. The findings of this study are meant to help social service agencies design a curriculum that will support refugee students as they begin their educational journey in America.



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