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24 Aug

Refugee Teens Tour Virginia Tech

Students at Virginia Tech

Earlier this month, Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) and seven high school students, all refugees, toured the campus of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

The students, now living in Roanoke, are originally from the Congo, Iraq, and Syria. Each has hopes of one day pursuing a career in medicine.

“We had a great tour and the kids were awesome,” said Elvir Berbic, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Clerkship Enrollment Manager. “We’re looking forward to continued relationships with CCC along with building long-term mentorship opportunities.”

Berbic, himself a refugee from Bosnia, coordinated the students’ visit. During their tour, the students met with current students, faculty, and admissions staff and were invited by the School of Medicine’s Chief Diversity Officer, Karen Eley Sanders, to extend their stay and tour the rest of the Virginia Tech campus.

“This was an incredible opportunity for the agency and for the kids,” said Laura Murphy, CCC Resettlement Supervisor. “Building relationships within our community is so important for helping these kids discover a brighter future.”

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