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Refugee Research

Utah Refugee Needs Assessment: Employment and Education

This project was a partnership between USU sociology faculty (Dr. Steve Daniels and Lorien Belton), Dr. Lucero, and the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) in Utah. Under Dr. Lucero's supervision, USU students assisted the larger Refugee Project team in conducting a statewide needs assessment regarding the educational and employment needs of Utah’s refugee population. Students were trained to conduct interviews and oversaw every aspect of phase I of the needs assessment project, which involved interviews of human service providers both in and outside Utah in regard to their perceptions of refugee educational and employment needs and challenges. Students analyzed qualitative data and presented their findings to the larger project team. The results from this phase of the project were integrated in a larger state-funded report, and are being discussed widely in the refugee services community in Utah.


Published Articles

  • Empirical paper is in final preparation for journal submission

Contact Dr. Jessica Lucero