In 2010, Mary McFarland stepped down as dean of Gonzaga's School of Professional Studies to serve as the international director for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. This new four-year pilot, launched in fall 2010 with Jesuit Relief Services, serves refugees that are students from eight countries and gives them a place to live and study in Malawi and Kenya with urban refugees in Syria. The project aims to bring Jesuit higher education to the world's poorest people, empowering millions to eradicate poverty.
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