Yalies run by the hundreds to benefit refugee resettlement in New Haven

Students and affiliates from Yale College and across campus participated in the annual IRIS 5K charity race on Feb. 2.
Photos by Lucy Gellman, John Curtis, Hil Moss ’21, Surbhi Bharadwaj ’20

Each year, New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS), a non-profit that provides relocation assistance to refugees and asylum seekers, holds a “Run for Refugees” 5K road race as its main annual fundraiser. On Sunday, Feb. 2 — thanks in no small part to hundreds of Yalies — they had their largest turnout yet.

Among the 3,200 runners and walkers were undergraduates representing each of Yale College’s residential colleges, students from Yale’s professional and graduate schools, and other affiliates from across campus and the wider community.

In addition, members of The Yale Refugee Project worked to recruit runners ahead of the race and volunteered to help make the event a success. The Yale Undergraduate Gospel Choir kicked off the race with a performance of Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus,” which is cast in bronze at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

The event raised close to $200,000 for IRIS. Learn more about IRIS or donate online at their website.

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