Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Contact with some of the 18 Sudanese "Lost Boys" who live in Worcester inspired us to look into the situation of refugees in Worcester more generally and read about the culture clash issue that they face. The focus of this project was to ascertain what WPI could do to help them as an institution if it decided to do so. However, dealing with the organizations trying to help refugees left us increasingly concerned about their plight. Some were just too economically unstable to be of much help; others, with the best of intentions, were so focused on immediate needs they were as likely to foster dependency as help the Sudanese become adjusted to their new Gesellschaft surroundings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies