Directed study takes Kayla Dutton to frontlines of refugee crisis

by Margaret Tazioli editor in chief

As the news about the Syrian refugee crisis worsens, and European countries struggle to place the massive exodus of people from the Middle East, one Moody student decided to take action. Kayla Dutton, senior communications major, left on Sept. 26 for a 2-week trip to Greece to work for an organization setting up a welcome center for Syrian refugees arriving on the island of Lesvos.

Dutton’s father, the inter- national director for Hellenic Ministries, was telling her about the huge need of the refugees arriving in Greece in early September and she said she thought, “I would love to go and be a part of that… I wonder if there is any way I can use the media skills I’ve been learning in the classroom.” Within a few weeks, she contacted the media coordinator for Hellenic Ministries, raised some support, and packed her bags.

Her goal is to create a short documentary for Hellenic Ministries and to shoot raw footage for supporters in surrounding countries to use to raise donations.

“The short documentary is going to be the end goal for a directed study I’m doing [at Moody] under Professor Gustafson,” Dutton said. “The biggest reason for me going— besides really wanting to help— is that this is what I want to do after I graduate. I want to work in media production for small missions organizations.”

Any updates from Dutton will appear on The Moody Standard website.

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