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Project Matches Students With Refugees

Brandon Baca with participants of Refugee Well-Being Project

The Refugee Well-Being Project brings together newly arrived families in Albuquerque with students at the University of New Mexico. Together they learn from, and teach, one another as students help them meet the challenges of settling in a new country. On this episode we talk with staff as well as a student and the woman she worked with from Afghanistan.  


  • Jessica Goodkind, Associate Professor at UNM and founder of the Refugee Well-Being Project
  • Brandon Baca, Coodinator, Refugee Well-Being Project
  • Olivia Martinez, Student who participated in Refugee Well-Being Project
  • Nazanin Shafie, immigrant from Afghanistan 

Jessica Goodkind, founder of the Refugee Well-Being Project

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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