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16th Annual Refugee and Immigrant Conference Partial Approval - Free

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Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Middlesex Community College (1st floor Cafeteria) on 33 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852 from 8:30am-3:00pm

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Thursday, May 30 2019, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

“Global Trends and Local Integration”

 

Keynote Speaker: 

Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., is the Director of Community Relations at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, a clinical social worker, and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and another Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself. Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma System’s Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive interventions.

Academic Panel on Migration:   

This panel brings together experts in history, philosophy and psychology to discuss contemporary topics in immigration. Panelists Dr. Robert Forrant, Dr. Yvonne Ruiz, and Dr. Jose Mendoza, and moderator Emma Tobin, will explore the rhetoric surrounding the immigration debates of today and ground them within broader global and historical contexts. Audience members will gain a deeper understanding of the current political climate in regard to immigration and its impact on U.S. immigration policy and on immigrants themselves. 

Panelists:

Dr. Yvonne Ruiz is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Salem State University. She holds a Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology and a Master of Social Work both from Boston College. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She has been in the Boston area since 1991 and has clinical experience in medical social work, community mental health, and behavioral health. Her research and professional interests focus on the well-being of Latino children and families; and cultural responsiveness when working with immigrants.

 

Dr. José Jorge Mendoza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon. The author of The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality, he has published and presented widely on issues of immigration and immigration reform, crimmigration, and the philosophy of race and ethics. 

 

Dr. Robert Forrant is Distinguished University Professor of History at UMass Lowell and coordinator of the history graduate program. This past year he worked extensively on the production of an exhibit focused on the 100-year history of the International Institute and its work settling immigrants and refugees in Lowell. He is currently working on a book titled Lowell: The Worlds and Histories of a New England Mill City.  A major area of his research is immigration history.

 

Moderator:

Emma Tobin is the Program Director and Director of Research Initiatives at the International Institute of New England, a 100-year old social service agency founded in Lowell. She has worked extensively with immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking in the U.S. and in Asia, and a hold's a Master's of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. 

 

Dr. Steven Hubbard, Data Scientist at the New American Economy presents Gateway for Growth

Breakout Sessions (participants may select two to attend at check-in):

Breakout #1:  Christian Ko, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at IINE and Mary Tauras, Community Organizer/Family Advocate at Lowell Alliance,  Gateway for Growth

Breakout #2:  Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Immigration Policy Updates   

Breakout #3:  Barbara Dunsford, Development Leader and Consultant, Meditation and Mindfulness   

Breakout #4:  Bethany Gamble, Dept. of Justice Accredited Representative at IINE and Caitlin Slavin, Immigration Attorney at IINE, Resettlement and Integration  

Breakout #5: Economics and Entrepreneurship

  • Franky Descoteaux, CTI Merrimack Valley Small Business Center  
  • Lianna Sachiyo Kushi, E for All 
  • Bora Chiemruom, Business Owner
  • Ani Vong, Business Owner

 

In lieu of a registration fee, please bring a Target, Walmart, Market Basket gift card or monetary donation in any denomination to help support refugee families.

Refreshments and lunch provided.  Parking available at Lower Locks Garage on 90 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852.

 

Organized by:  Lowell Public Schools, Middlesex Community College, International Institute of New England, Lowell Alliance, Lowell YWCA, Saydanar Community Development Center, African Community Center of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center, New American Center, Sara Khun Leng from the Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Lowell Police Department, and NFI Family Resource Center

 

  • Yvonne Ruiz: Dr. Yvonne Ruiz has a Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (2002) and a Master of Social Work (1994) both from Boston College. She graduated from New York University with an MA in media studies in 1981 and Syracuse University with a BA in English literature in 1979. She holds licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She has been in the Boston area since 1991 and has clinical experience in medical social work, community mental health, and behavioral health.

This panel brings together experts in history, philosophy and psychology to discuss contemporary topics in immigration. Panelists Dr. Robert Forrant, Dr. Yvonne Ruiz, and Dr. Jose Mendoza, and moderator Emma Tobin, will explore the rhetoric surrounding the immigration debates of today and ground them within broader global and historical contexts. Audience members will gain a deeper understanding of the current political climate in regard to immigration and its impact on U.S. immigration policy and on immigrants themselves. 

 

 

 

 

Breakout Sessions (participants may select two to attend at check-in):

 

Breakout #1:  Steve Hubbard, Gateway for Growth – New American Economy for RISE's G4G Initiative 

 

Breakout #2:  Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Immigration Policy Updates   

 

Breakout #3:  Barbara Dunsford, Development Leader and Consultant, Meditation and Mindfulness   

 

Breakout #4:  TBA, International Institute of New England's Resettlement and Integration  

 

Breakout #5: Economics and Entrepreneurship

  • Franky Descoteaux, CTI Merrimack Valley Small Business Center   
  • Lianna Sachiyo Kushi, E for All 
  • Bora Chiemruom, Business Owner
  • Ani Vong, Business Owner

 

In lieu of a registration fee, please bring a Target, Walmart, Market Basket gift card or monetary donation in any denomination to help support refugee families.

 

Refreshments and lunch provided.  Parking available at Lower Locks Garage on 90 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852.

 

Organized by:  Lowell Public Schools, Middlesex Community College, International Institute of New England, Lowell Alliance, Lowell YWCA, Saydanar Community Development Center, African Community Center of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center, New American Center, Sara Khun Leng from the Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Lowell Police Department, and NFI Family Resource Center

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