2017 Archives

SMU leaders host second refugee computer class


The following is from the April 12, edition of the International Rescue Committee newsletter. Jack Levison is the W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at SMU's Perkins School of Theology. Priscilla Levison is Associate Dean for External Programs at Perkins.

April 27, 2017

The IRC in Dallas is pleased to announce that after the success of our last refugee computer class in November with students from SMU’s School of Engaged Learning, other interested SMU leaders wanted to recreate the opportunity because of how impactful it was!

Jack Levison, SMU Professor of Old Testament in Perkins School of Theology, heard about the class and was amazed by the work of the SMU students. As a result he and his wife, Priscilla, felt inspired to put on a refugee computer class of their own...but on an even bigger scale! With the help of Anna Landreneau and Uroob Haris, two students who led last November’s class, 18 brand new laptops with Rosetta Stone English language learning software were readied for Saturday’s class.

The latest SMU refugee computer class included newly arrived families from Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Syria. The class introduced families to computer basics and also helped them to familiarize themselves with the Rosetta Stone software. Families were elated to be able to not only listen to ESL lessons, but actively talk through the microphone and perfect their pronunciation. We could not be more proud of how everything came together so well!

A big thanks to Jack and Priscilla Levison, Anna Landreneau, Uroob Haris, and Karin D. Quinones. Due to their hard work and generosity, our families have quality and reliable technology that helps put them in the driver’s seat of their futures!

If you are interested in recreating this wonderful opportunity for our refugee families, please contact VolunteerDallas@rescue.org.