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In honor of International Education Week, the University of Kentucky's International Studies Program and International Center are proud to host a symposium on conflict-induced displacements from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 17, in the Office of China Initiatives.

The goal of this symposium is to highlight the stories and experiences of Kentucky-based refugees in order to increase awareness of the effects of wars and conflicts in different parts of the world.

In January of 2022, the University of Kentucky welcomed new undergraduate students who were displaced from Afghanistan as part of several new initiatives, including the Kentucky Innovative Scholarship for Displaced Students and the Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project (QSAP). Currently, there are 20 students studying at UK under these programs.

The keynote address will be delivered by Jospeh Dudi Miabok, co-founder of Elimisha Kakuma, an organization that provides access to higher education opportunities for high school graduates living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dudi grew up in Kakuma where he studied and taught in primary and secondary school. In the summer of 2020, he helped with the construction of Elimisha Kakuma’s on-site center in Kakuma and equipped it with necessary equipment to facilitate learning. He is passionate about creating access to quality education, one of the U.N.’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), to the less fortunate, especially refugees and internally displaced persons through the application of modern technology.

The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring UK students and an employee who have firsthand experience of the effects of displacement as well as a local expert on working with refugee populations. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Keynote speaker: Joseph Dudi Miabok, co-founder of Elimisha Kakuma (


  • Inna Pryimak, Ukrainian, UK employee
  • Miriam Al Kharait, Syrian, UK student
  • Becky Jordan, Kentucky state refugee coordinator, Kentucky Office for Refugees 
  • Husna Ahmadi, Afghan, UK student 

Moderator: Emily Jones, Kentucky Refugee Ministries attorney

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