About

The Refugee Initiative is composed by volunteering researchers and administrators from the EUI. It is divided into six different subcommittees which are operating with specific tasks assigned to each.

COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE:

We take care of internal and external communication. We inform the EUI community through regular blog posts and email alerts. Moreover, we keep contact with external interested parties and manage the common email address.
Representatives: Julia Hiltrop and Şeyda Kapusuz

FUNDRAISING and SOCIAL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

We organise social events with the aim to foster friendships and connections between EUI staff and our guests, making sure that they feel as an integral part of the community of the Institute. Moreover, we ensure the promotion of and participation in on-going initiatives in the city of Florence and surroundings. We are also in charge of fundraising and goods collections, organising cultural events, as well as sales activities in order to raise funds for the initiative.
Representatives: Tika Bobokhidze

HOUSING COMMITTEE:

We are responsible for the conservation and care of the real estate properties and mobile property provided to our guests. The EUI offers two fully restored apartments with common areas for socialising, fully equipped kitchens for cooking, free internet connection.
Representatives: Ana Rosa Del Castillo and Machteld Nijsten 

LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

We organise language classes, courses on Italian culture as well IT-classes in order to make sure that our guests acquire valuable skills in order to develop personally as well as professionally. Moreover, we set up language-tandems between our guests and members of the EUI community.
Representatives: Giulia Giannasi, Jashwanni Grewal, and Elena Maggi

JOB TRAINING & PLACEMENT COMMITTEE:

We collaborate directly with the Caritas Training and Work Office developing training opportunities on the basis of interest and competencies of our guests.
Representatives: Eleonora Milazzo and John William Trajer

GENERAL COORDINATION:

Stefania Bocchi and Eleonora Milazzo

FORMER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE: 

Laura Bartolini, Laurie Boussaguet, Kathinka España, Annelie Grosse, Caterina Francesca Guidi, John-Erik Hansson, Guillaume Landais, Suzanne Lassalle, Elie Michel, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt  and Virginia Passalacqua