The #YearofImmigration aims to transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community.







Working under Maryland’s mission to “do good” by transforming idealism into impact, the Year of Immigration will focus its efforts under three interconnected themes that aim to increase community awareness and inclusivity.

2018-19 First Year Book

The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s collection of short stories about displacement and exile compels readers to ask: What does it mean to immigrate to the United States? What does it mean to be a refugee? The stories in The Refugees portray the sorrow of displacement and exile while exemplifying themes of homeland, belonging and empathy.

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“In a country where possessions counted for everything, we had no belongings except our stories.”

– Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees

Moving Visuals

September 13 – November 16, 2018


David C. Driskell Center


Moving Visuals focuses on a handful of contemporary African American artists who frequently and critically explore popular culture, social issues, and history in their works. It is especially curated as a departure point for educating and encouraging students to engage in a dialogue about timely issues of past, present, and future histories.

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Local Teens’ Immigration Storiese

OCT. 2, 2018 5-7 P.M.


Latin American Studies Center


Presented in collaboration with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and Shout Mouse Press, this event celebrates bilingual, self-illustrated graphic memoirs by teen immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean. These thought-provoking and honest stories address themes of poverty, family, grief, education, and the pain and promise of immigration. After the authors share about their art and immigration experiences, join them for a conversation about Latinx and immigrant community and resources at UMD. Tamales will be served.

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Kurt Weill Festival: The Road of Promise

Oct. 7, 2018 / 7:30 p.m.


UMD Symphony Orchestra


The School of Music’s Kurt Weill Festival opens with The Road of Promise. This semi-staged oratorio features the combined forces of the UMD Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Opera Studio, the UMD Concert Choir and SOM alumni. Adapted from the original 1937 work, The Road of Promise takes the audience through a journey that ends with renewal and hope.

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“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.”

– Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. and the world at large.

In 2017, a record 68.5 million people were forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and poverty.

It is estimated that climate change may force 140 million more to migrate from their homes by the year 2050.

An average of one person is displaced every two seconds.


It is our civic duty to encourage open dialogue, embrace our international diversity, and build bridges to global citizenship.


To integrate your event into the Year of Immigration’s planning and publicity efforts, please reach out to the Office of International Affairs at with “Year of Immigration” in the subject line.

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