Yuki Mizuma

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2014

Capstone Advisor

David Sutherland, Associate Professor

Honors Reader

Mike Davis, Alexia Tsairis Chair, Professor of Practice

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Journalism Studies | Photography


With 12,000 refugees and former refugees currently living in Syracuse, N.Y., there is so much more to the city than being just a college or basketball city. Refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Somalia and nearly 40 more countries have come to Syracuse because of the low cost of living, job opportunities and the strong relationship that refugee organizations have with the Syracuse City School District. Nearly 800 new individuals arrive each year and, yet, many people are unaware of the diverse population living in Syracuse, N.Y. “Forward, Together” uses photographs, informational text and captions to depict the lives of two refugees in Syracuse that have bonded with others to create communities that promote education and togetherness to reach for a better future. Osman Ramadhani and Kiza Useni have added to the community in different ways. Osman is an active member of the Wazigua Community Organization of CNY, where he tutors students every Monday-Friday after school at the Southwest Community Center. He believes that education is most important and strives to promote learning in the community. Kiza Useni is a member of Hopeprint, which is an organization that helps to empower refugees by teaching them how to do things instead of doing things for them. Kiza's strong presence in the Hopeprint and the Congolese community make her home rarely empty, as friends and others often come to pay her a visit. There are many refugees who are trying to adapt to their new lives in Syracuse, and “Forward, Together” shows the viewer a small sense of the communities created here.

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