Honors Projects


Around the world, there are more than 30 million refugees (UNHCR, 2023) facing language barriers, cultural differences, prejudice, racism, and xenophobia. The number of admitted refugees in 2022 has more than doubled since 2021 (Duffin, 2022), and yet, many Americans do not know or understand the global refugee crisis. There are misconceptions in America that cause lack of empathy, bias, and prejudice towards refugees. Through the creation of four lesson plans, this research project aims to discover Americans’ misunderstandings regarding refugees and teach them about the crisis to remedy the misconceptions. This study includes a literature review detailing appropriate teaching strategies and studies concerning previous misconceptions.


International Studies



Second Major

International Studies

First Advisor

Michelle Sprouse

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Marc Simon

Second Advisor Department

Peace and Conflict Studies

Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2023