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IMPACT Track Planning - Refugee and Immigration Track Revision

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Refugee and Immigration Issues: Track Revision

Kelly Behrend, Giuseppe Cespedes, Cynthia Douglas


Track Summary

This track is designed for students, administrators, or partners who have an interest or experience in working with refugee or immigrant groups. Typically, students engage with these populations through their service in schools, refugee/immigrant support agencies, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, or health clinics. Not only does this topic cross over a wide range of social services, but it has reached national news this past year through debates over the DREAM Act and related policy, making refugee and immigrant rights one of the foremost political discussions around contemporary civil rights in the United States. This track will enable participants to share their experiences, discuss the issues, and learn about opportunities for advocacy and social action.



WORKSHOP 1: Friday 4/1, 9-10:30am

 "Personal Experiences, Public Issues": Refugees, Immigrants, and You

  • Have you ever wanted to learn more about the refugee and immigrant populations that you live, work and serve with? This session kicks off a specialized track devoted to refugee and immigrant issues! In this session, participants will connect personal experiences in service with relevant public and political issues, learning about some of the major themes that will be addressed in the track. Group discussion will also identify the problems and challenges for the affected populations, the volunteers who serve with them, and the sites and agencies who support them.



WORKSHOP 2: Friday 4/1, 1-2:30pm

 Uncovering [Im]migrant Voices: Exploring Narratives of the Uprooted

  • This session will uncover [im]migration's past and present, exploring the public service sector's response, and where the history has led us today. Join workshop facilitators in a discussion of refugee and immigrant "statuses", as well as an analysis of refugee/immigrant art as a way to understand the experience of [im]migration. With a deeper knowledge of the history of the social issue, you will enhance your service impact in many ways. The session will also be joined by issue experts from the field and prominent non-profit organizations.



WORKSHOP 3: Friday 4/1, 4-5:30pm

 "To Legalize or Not to Legalize?": Refugee and Immigrant Political Debates

  • This workshop will introduce the various political debates within the refugee and immigration issues in our country, tracing their political history, and seeking out the policy options we have today. Track facilitators will be joined by representatives from policy organizations at the federal, statewide, and local level to discuss the policies and the possibilities for refugee and immigrant populations across the country. Join in on an analysis of policy timelines and discussion around the influences that have shaped the debates over time and the impact it has had on refugees and immigrants.



WORKSHOP 4: Saturday, 4/2, 9:00-10:30am

 Your Service Toolkit: A Roundtable Discussion on Essential Skills for Working with Refugees and Immigrants

  • Like any service sector, there are specific skills that can enhance your impact. This session will cover some of the most prominent skills needed to be an effective service provider for refugees and immigrants. This interactive workshop will feature tips, tools, and resources on ESL Training, Cross-Cultural Competency, and Providing Access to Social Services. In addition, participants will gain insight on other skills such as psychosocial counseling, working with youth, and reversing stigmas and stereotypes.



WORKSHOP 5: Saturday 4/2, 4:00-5:30pm

Plaza Comunitaria: Providing Resources for Migrant Farm Workers

  • For many years Stetson has been working with the Pierson community located 11 miles from Stetson’s Campus. Pierson is known as “The Fern Capital of the World”, where the majority of the population is Mexican-migrant farm workers. Stetson University has partnered with La Plaza Communitaria, in Pierson, offering different services, including English classes, computer literacy classes, and an after school program for youth in the Pierson community. In this workshop you’ll learn about Stetson’s partnership with La Plaza Communitaria and hear from a panel of farm workers who have been exposed to harsh working conditions. They will share their battle for their rights as farm workers.



CAREER/ADVOCACY PANEL: Sunday 4/2, 9-10:30am

 Now What?: Making an IMPACT for Refugees and Immigrants

  • Join the partner organizations of the refugee and immigrant issues track in a final session that covers the career, advocacy, and networking opportunities for making an impact for refugees and immigrants in our country. You'll hear from a diverse panel of professionals who will share how to translate your service experience into a career and the various ways to make a lasting impact. 




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