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* CEU launches Romani studies program’
By The Budapest Business Journal

The Senate of the central European University (CEU) has decided to launch a Romani studies program on 1 August 2017. This program is a cooperation of the Open Society Foundations, the Roma Initiatives Office (RIO), the Roma Education Fund (REF), the Velux Foundations and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

The purpose of this program is to provide courses such as academic writing, identity and leadership and academic tutoring and mentoring to non-degree students to students of CEU of other academic units and those of Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative and the Roma graduate preparation program (RGPP) and it is a 10-month intensive program to help Roma bachelor degrees holders to be able to compete for graduate degree programs at top universities around the world.

The CEU first initiative was in 2004, namely the preparatory Roma access program, which was renamed the Roma graduate program in 2012. More than 70 percent of Roma have been accepted in prestigious graduate programs with some competitive scholarships, since the programs initiation.

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* ‘Film event educates California residents, officials about Roma population’
By The Herald Standard

Goerge Eli, a Roma filmmaker organized an educational event on Roma culture and history at the Municipality building of California. A film on the isolation of Romani people in Europe was screened, followed by a panel discussion with the local residents.

These events had for aim was inclusion and understand how to bridge the language barrier between the school officials and Roma residents of California as a way to motivate and convince Roma parents to enroll their children in school.

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* EU provides new homes for Roma families in Gračanica
By The European Western Balkans

GRAČANICA – Keys of twelve new housing units were handed over to Roma families in Javor settlement in Gračanica on Friday 29 September 2017. “We are finally able to live a decent life and be no different than any other citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, with tears in his eyes said father of five who had been sleeping with his wife and children for two months in a car at the garbage damp.

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