"The goal of the project was to create community around a vulnerable population to offer them free eye exams as well as prescription eyewear. Without adequate vision, they are not able to succeed in the classroom let alone their daily lives. This barrier to independence was something that could be fixed, and so together we did so. Follow us on the journey through our second round of exams, and learn how you can help refugees in our community thrive, not just survive"
Billie will graduate this May with her degree in English with a Rhetoric and Composition Writing emphasis and a certificate in Technical Communication. As a native Idahoan, Billie has a special connection to her community.
Her passion for helping Boise's refugee community continues to grow as she's developed the Refugee Vision Project. Working with Boise State's Project SHINE, Proof Eyewear, Barbertown Eyecare, and Eagle Vision One, the project helped 23 refugee students at the English Language Center regain their sight. She plans to continue this work with support from Boise State's PonyUp Foundation.
While noting Boise is one of our nation's most successful resettlement cities for refugees, Billie believes it is our obligation as a community to collaborate in helping others who are building their new lives in the United States.
Billie used to spend many hours performing at poetry slams.