Celebrating World Refugee Day: Together We Heal, Learn, Shine

This World Refugee Day, GEM celebrates students and alumni who have learned and led during extraordinary times.

This weekend, SNHU Global Education Movement (GEM) celebrated our students, alumni, and staff on World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is an annual event led by the United Nations to celebrate refugees around the globe and raise awareness of their unique experiences. 


There are more than 80 million displaced people worldwide — a number that continues to grow each year.  And 97% of refugees and displaced people don’t have access to higher education, a critical piece to economic and social mobility. 

Providing professional skills, credentials, and networks to students who may not otherwise have access to it is why GEM was created. And we are inspired every day by the perseverance, dedication, and impact of GEM students, alumni, and staff – especially after the extraordinary events of this past year. 

GEM students and alumni continue to shine as leaders in their communities during the pandemic, from creating and distributing masks to running public education campaigns to helping neighbors with food and shelter. Despite all of 2020’s challenges, the percentage of students on track to graduate in four years is 98.2% – up more than 3% from pre-pandemic levels. 

We are excited to share our newest video in honor of World Refugee Day and the GEM community’s amazing work.