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Fast Facts - Afghan Family Project
All Afghan neighbors remaining in Stillwater are thriving! Two are full-time undergraduate students at the University and two are full-time master's students; all of our new neighbors are currently employed aside from two stay-at-home moms. The Afghans who chose to leave Stillwater migrated to larger cities.


remain in Stillwater of the 70 who began resettlement


helping Afghan families ensure self-sufficiency through employment and legal support

OSU earns NAFSA Paul Simon Award  

for Excellence in Campus Internationalization
NAFSA: Association of International Educators has awarded the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award to Oklahoma State University. The spotlight award is presented to no more than three institutions each year and highlights innovative internationalization programs and initiatives. OSU received this recognition for the Afghan Family Project. 
Afghan class

Continued Support

English Language and Intercultural Center (ELIC)
The ELIC at OSU continues to help Afghan families in three primary ways:
  • Providing a variety of classroom instruction and language training 
  • Aiding in the transition of adults into the Stillwater workforce
  • Supporting families as they socially adjust to life in Stillwater

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ELIC Instruction Overview

The ELIC offers classes to all adult Afghans. These include pre-literacy classes for moms at home, TOEFL prep for furthering education, English support for passing drivers license exams and for those seeking work promotions.

Program Summary

When we connect with our Afghan neighbors to build relationships, we create our ability to strengthen our community and help them acclimate to their surroundings. Through our interactions refugees increase their knowledge of the American culture and develop skills to find success within their new culture.

Support of St. Francis Xavier

Thank you to the community of St. Francis Xavier for providing Afghan families with much needed dental care!


Oklahoma State University has recently joined the ECAR (Every Campus a Refuge), a network which supports universities and colleges that are engaged in refugee resettlement processes in their communities, and formed a campus advisory committee to provide oversight and input into the university’s ongoing efforts around refugee resettlement.

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Thank You to Our Volunteers
We would like to thank our volunteers for assisting Afghan families with social integration, helping them to improve their English and encouraging them to join in the community and enhance their skill sets. Learn more about what's been happening with the Afghan Family Project! 

Help us improve this program!

If your department or organization on campus has any ideas or resources you would like to contribute to the Afghan Family Project, please contact OSU Global.

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