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Refugee Provider Conference Planned March 23-24 at WTAMU

March 20, 2017

CONTACT:    Holly Bellah, 806-651-4257, hbellah@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Refugee Provider Conference Planned March 23-24 at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—The best practices for post-resettlement adjustment will be the focus of a Refugee Provider Conference March 23-24 at West Texas A&M University.

The two-day event is presented as part of the University’s eighth annual Social Justice Leadership Conference and will feature Dr. Faith Nibbs, director of the Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 and from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 in the Jack B. Kelley (JBK) Student Center, Legacy Hall. An optional refugee simulation is planned for Saturday, March 25.

On Thursday, Nibbs will provide an overview of refugee resettlement in the United States and review the history and culture of Burma, Somalia, Iran and Congo. A panel of refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia will be available in a moderated Q&A session.

On Friday, breakout sessions and workshops will be offered in various locations in the JBK. Breakout session topics include education, health care and wellness, culture and populations, policy, community development and more.

The optional “Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes: A Refugee and Migration Simulation” will run from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 25 at the Virgil Henson Activities Center.

Nibbs, a cultural anthropologist, has more than 10 years of experience in researching and publishing on refugee resettlement and social cohesion in the United States and Europe. Her research examines the anthropological understanding of refugee communities and the co-existence of long-term involvement in host societies. In addition to teaching, she also is an author of published works on immigrant issues as well as the book, Belonging: The Social Dynamics of Fitting in as Experienced by Hmong Refugees in Germany and Texas. She has served on the board of refugee resettlement organizations, consulted on various initiatives and talked about issues of integration to a variety of audiences interested in refugee social inclusion.

WTAMU’s annual Social Justice Leadership Conference highlights some of the many issues faced locally and internationally toward a socially just world. Social justice in its broadest sense is inclusive of human rights, philosophical orientations, access to resources and equal opportunity for all. This conference encourages and promotes diversity throughout the WTAMU campus and community.

Registration for the conference is available at wtamu/edu/about/justice.aspx. Cost is $75 for those wishing to earn CEUs or $15 for those not earning CEUs. WTAMU students, faculty and staff can attend for free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Holly Bellah at 806-651-4257 or hbellah@wtamu.edu.



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Jayne Ward
on 3.23.2017

An enlightening conference.