Honoring the Contributions of Refugees

August 31, 2021
Diversity and Inclusion
Read time: 2 mins
Madeline Albright Former U.S. Secretary of State
Jackie Chan Actor
Albert Einstein Nobel Prize Winner
Henry Kissinger American diplomat and political scientist
Former U.S. Secretary of State
National Security Advisor
Gloria Estefan Singer and songwriter
George Soros Singer and songwriter
Sergey Brin Google co-founder
Mikhail Baryshnikov Dancer
Bella Bartok Composer
Gen. John Shalikashvili Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

An interesting and eclectic list of accomplished individuals wouldn’t you say? What do they all have in common, you may ask?

One can’t help but be pulled into the drama of the situation, as our troops leave Afghanistan and empathize with the fear and uncertainty experienced by Afghani nationals who befriended and aided our troops over these last decades. They have shown immense courage in the past and will need to draw on those reserves as they leave their homes and establish communities in new countries.

I can only imagine their path, but as the U.S. welcomes these new immigrants to our shores, I started wondering about the contributions of other refugees. That is the common thread among the notable names above - all came to the United States as refugees from their home countries. I will remind myself of their accomplishments if I sometimes find myself feeling overwhelmed by cultural differences and language barriers. And, I will look forward to the rich contributions our new refugees will make.