The Plight of Syrian Refugees: What are the Top Priorities?

October 5, 2017 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm


In this Facebook LIVE event*, Mr. Hani Omar Alhomsh and Dr. Anindita Dasupta will interview each other about the work each has been doing to assist Syrian refugees. In the course of their dialogue, they will emphasize the services they think should be prioritized to relieve the plight of this population at this moment.


Hani Omar Alhomsh is a humanitarian aid worker and husband and father of two daughters. He is also a first-year graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Syrian by birth, he has lived in Syria for most of his life, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture engineering in 2008 and working for a year as a research assistant at an international agricultural research center. Before coming to the United States, he spent seven years working with the United Nations World Food Programme responding to needs of millions of refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, particularly on the issue of food security.

Dr. Anindita Dasgupta, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia School of Social Work in the Social Intervention Group, and a training fellow in the NIDA-funded T32 Training Program in HIV and Substance Use in the Criminal Justice System (PIs: El-Bassel and Metsch). Dr. Dasgupta’s research examines how gender-based violence intersects with substance use, HIV risk, and sexual and reproductive health among girls and women. Currently, Dr. Dasgupta works with ASPIRE, a Columbia-wide initiative to identify the needs of Syrian Refugees in Jordan. Dr. Dasgupta just recently returned from a trip to Jordan with ASPIRE.

*Links to FB Live Sessions are not generated until the event has started. Be sure to register and we will email you with the link as soon as the presentation begins. Alternatively, please go to CSSW’s Facebook page at the time of the event and wait for the post to appear at the top of our feed.