The One Refugee Podcast provides a unique opportunity to hear personal stories from college students who have experienced life as a refugee firsthand. With over 26 million refugees across the world, only a very small percentage are enrolled in higher ed. The students sharing their stories are part of One Refugee, a nonprofit supporting almost 300 scholars of various refugee backgrounds in Utah and Idaho.
Tune-in to learn more about their individual struggles, barriers to pursuing higher education, and hopes for the future. Each student is unique in their cultural upbringing, area of study, and professional pursuits.
To learn more: onerefugee.org
Esther Chin: The Gift of Perseverance
Originally from Myanmar, Esther Chin is no stranger to perseverance and survival. At the age of 15, Esther fled her home nation to seek safety from war. She traveled 84 days on foot to arrive in Malaysia. Esther graduated with her bachelor's degree in nursing from Weber State University in 2020, and is now serving others as a traveling nurse. Tune in to hear more about her experiences in fleeing Myanmar, determination to study, and passion to impact others through nursing.
Olghen Saintelus: Never Give Up
Olghen Saintelus is a born leader and changemaker. After surviving the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, he found refuge in the United States and eventually decided to pursue a political science degree at the University of Utah. In this episode you’ll hear about the values that have shaped his life, his experience as a congressional intern for Senator Mitt Romney, and the changes he hopes to enact in Haiti in the future.
Fabiola Kamberi: Lift as You Rise
Fabiola Kamberi is a pure example of lifting those around her. Having fled Kosovo with her family in 1999, she learned to support her family and loved ones through great adversity in resettlement. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in psychology and business management in December 2020. In this episode, you'll hear from Fabiola about the war between Serbia and Kosovo, what it means to be a refugee, and her own desire to uplift others.
Sharif Orfali: The Power of a Dream
Sharif Orfali is no stranger to perseverance, determination, and hard work. In 2016, he was uprooted from his homeland of Syria in the middle of completing his education at Damascus University. In this episode, you'll hear from Sharif about his upcoming graduation at the University of Utah, his determined efforts to find his professional path, and the power of a single dream.
Gladys Sang: The Classroom Under the Tree
Gladys began her teaching career at age eight while living in Kenya; she has continued to share her knowledge, leadership, and compassion with others ever since. Despite being abruptly uprooted from her home country and seeking asylum in the United States, she has doggedly pursued a career as a teacher in special education. Listen in to learn more about her passion for education, her tips for balancing life as both a mother and student, and her thoughts on how to welcome New Americans.
Marhaba Aziz: A Smile Means Hello
Marhaba Mohammed Aziz's joy for life is paramount throughout her entire story. Born in Pakistan and raised in both Russia and Ukraine, Marhaba came to the United States in 2010. With characteristic optimism, she shares her experiences as a first-generation college student in Boise, her family’s journey across Europe, and the impact of her choice to give her all to connecting and networking.