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MEMES PROJECT & GOALS for Educators of Refugee and Displaced Students 

Spring 2018-2023 Project at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum & Instruction

Making Empathetic Multilingual Environments in Schools: MEMES to Support Refugees and Displaced Students  

We are educators at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) starting a project about refugee, displaced, and migrant students in schools. You may see our background and other work on the topic here, and our bios here (François Victor Tochon) and here (Kristine Harrison). 

The acronym MEMES comes from the capital letters of: Making Empathetic Multilingual Environments in Schools.

By using the acronym MEMES, we hope to use a popular symbol shared ubiquitously to advocate for participation and change. Our goal in this research is to create:

• an online, easily accessible space for teachers with both asynchronous and weekly live support
• relevant educational materials for YOU

Join the discussion to help create pedagogies that you will benefit from while you
• share problems and difficulties,
• seek solutions—even urgent day to day problems
• find and create resources
• work toward multilingual education where teachers, students, and parents are the policymakers.

In sum, we are creating resources for Educators of displaced, usually multilingual students. (See more information about displacement here.)

Please join this study! Who is Invited to Collaborate:
• Teachers (subject or language)
• School administrators, support staff, other school personnel 
• Policymakers

…Who deal with refugee and displaced students (see how we define displaced here).

International Locations: Participants from all places in the world are welcome.

We guarantee your anonymity.

The goal of a project and future policy like MEMES is to offset the current status quo of
1. disappearing languages and standardized education, in a context of
2. a planet of displacement & racism, violence, poverty, lack of sustainability and destruction.

The webpages will be built as a permanent resource for teachers and educators. The discussion board and weekly meetings may become a regular resource to teachers and will promote fairness, better solutions, social justice and change.

The website pages we are creating may contribute to building a policy like Wisconsin's Act 31 that requires the teaching of history and culture of the First Nations of Wisconsin (U.S.A.), with resources, and teacher training program.

Click here for information on How to Participate:

please email Dr. Kristine Harrison with questions at

Webpages under construction March, 2018

Meet the two researchers Dr. François Tochon and Dr. Kristine Harrison involved in this project ! This short video clip has both of them. It is the Introduction to the INLEPS 2017 Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that they organized. The conference title was Language Education Policy and the Perceived Identities of Immigrant and Refugee Children: Cultivating Distinctiveness.


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Harrison, K.M. (2018). Survey Project Info: Making Empathetic Multilingual Environments in Schools: Memes to Support Refugees and Displaced Students. In F. V. Tochon (Ed.), Language Education Policy Studies (online). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin—Madison. Retrieved from: (access date).