Schedule of Events

8:30-9:00 am: REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00-9:15 am: WELCOME

Paul Benson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton.

Mary Tyler, NCCJ Executive Director.

9:15-10:00 am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Introduction: Mark Ensalaco, Director of Human Rights Research, Human Rights Studies Program, University of Dayton.

Keynote Speaker: Jane E. Bloom, ACSW, U.S. Liaison Officer for International Catholic Migration Commission.

Panel One

10:00-11:15 am: OVERVIEW, ISSUES & CONTEXT FOR LOCAL ACTIONS & ADVOCACY

Moderator: Alexandra Budabin, UD Human Rights Studies program.

Panelists:

Ambassador Johnny Young, Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Former U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone (1989 to 1992), Togo (1994 to 1997), Bahrain (1997 2001) and Slovenia (2001-2004).

Dorothy Balser, MSW, Manager, Refugee Resettlement & Mission Services, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. Ms. Balser formerly held a similar position at a refugee resettlement agency in Phoenix, AZ.

Theo Majka, Professor of Sociology at UD and Cristina Redko, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft  School of  Medicine, Wright State University, discussing the results of the Diversity Caucus’s study of local refugee populations.

Jan Lepore-Jentleson, Executive Director of East End Community Services Corporation, Dayton.

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Lunch

11:30-12:15 pm: Box lunch in cafeteria.

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Panel Two

12:15-1:30 pm: LOCAL REFUGEE ISSUES, INITIATIVES & NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS

Moderator: Natalie Hudson, Director, UD Human Rights Studies Program.

Panelists:

Tom Wahlrab, former director of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council speaking about Welcome Dayton: Immigrant-Friendly City plan.

Jacques Kahindo, Congolese Global Community and Professor of Political Science, Wilberforce University, on African refugees.

Liban Bule from Somali community in Columbus who specializes in mental health issues for refugees. Mr. Bule is a case manager for mental health counseling and, being Somali himself, works in culturally sensitive ways.

Sylvia Gleason MD, of High Impact Projects and Project Congo, on health issues and health care.

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Workshops

1:30-3:00 pm: Many of these build on recommendations in the Welcome Dayton plan and provide opportunities for civic engagement.

  1. English Language Learning Issues.
    Facilitators: Tom Wahlrab, retired director of the City of Dayton’s Human Relations Council, and Maureen O’Meara, retired UD Professor of Languages.
  2. “CARE:  Community Alliance for Refugee Empowerment,” Service Providers Working Group.
    Facilitators: Dorothy Balser, CSS, and Gina Stough Director of Training and Development, First Transit, Inc.
  3. Facilitating refugee and immigrant economic success: microcredit, small business development and fair trade.
    Facilitators: Pat Newcomb, director of the Small Business Development Center, and Migwe Kimemia, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
  4. Welcoming Refugees & Mentorship Programs.
    Facilitator: Amy Hart, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program.
  5. Dialogue with Refugee Leaders.
    Various presenters representing a variety of refugee communities in the Dayton area.
  6. Dialogue with Refugee Leaders with an Arts Component.
    Various presenters representing a variety of refugee communities in the Dayton area.

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Youth Writing & Visual Arts Showcase

3:15-3:45 pm: Sons and daughters of refugees are invited to participate in a writing and visual arts contest and present their work. The Writing Contest is open to students from ninth grade to college. The Visual Arts Contest is open to students from sixth grade to college.

Coordinator and introduction: Teresa Troyer, Dayton Public Schools.

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Closing

3:45-4:00 pm: Closing remarks by Ambassador Johnny Young.

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