The MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT) launched in May 2017 as a response to the MIT SOLVE call to find creative solutions to the problem of refugee education. Professor Admir Masic and Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz championed the creation of a center at MIT to design and deploy new learning opportunities for displaced populations around the world. Driven by his own experience as a refugee, Professor Masic has since led a collaborative effort with internal partners including MIT Bootcamps and the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab Region and external partners around the world to address the complex problems of this growing crisis and offer programs with the potential to change the narrative of the refugee experience.
With 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world, there has never been a greater need for the kind of globally focused educational innovation that is MIT's hallmark. MIT's strengths in research and hands-on problem solving; our extensive international footprint and close relationships with industry; and our large and passionate interdisciplinary community of faculty and students already working on issues around the refugee crisis have put the Institute in a unique and powerful position to not only impact the lives of those who have been displaced, but to fuel regional and global economic growth, innovation, and political and social stability.