If These Walls Could Talk was inspired by concerns related to recent polarized conversations in the media about refugees. The project is a collaboration between the students in the Community Journalism class at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It is founded on a deep concern and desire for dialog around inclusion, and an interest in building bridges to understand different points of view on the idea of refugees and home. We worked to create a series of questions designed to open a conversation, rather than shut each other down. Questions like “What are you afraid of?” and “What does home mean to you?” are open ended and we hope they will allow for people with different points of view to understand and possibly connect with each other. Rochester is a sanctuary city and home to the third largest refugee population in New York State. Our project aims to include the voices and portraits all kinds of people from the community including refugees and their children.

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