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Welcome to the Third Miami Valley Forum on Immigration.

Engaging Refugees, Building Community, Becoming Citizens: Refugees in a New Community

Friday, November 16, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, UD River Campus

This conference explored the successes and challenges that refugees experience in adapting to their new community and society. The focus was on refugees and immigrants living in the Dayton area. Our keynote speaker and panelists will provide global and local perspectives for our conversations.

The purpose of this day-long forum was to encourage intentional collaborations and partnerships among and between immigrant communities and providers of services, supporting innovative, creative local initiatives that offer opportunities to reimage ‘how things work.’ Speakers represented a variety of organizations and refugee communities. The forum featured morning panels and afternoon workshops to focus on engaging citizens and building community. Recommendations complemented those of the Welcome Dayton – Immigrant Friendly City plan.

The conference was a project of the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Caucus, a program initiative of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton. It was co-sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Studies Program as well as several other local institutions and organizations and was inspired by a community assessment undertaken by Diversity Caucus members. Attendance at the conference was limited to 140.

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Who are we?

Conference Program Committee

  • Brandy Alexander, President, Latino Connection
  • Dorothy Balser, Manager, Refugee Resettlement & Mission Services, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
  • Andrea Carla, Department of Political Science, University of Dayton
  • Amy Hart, Volunteer Coordinator, Refugee Resettlement, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
  • Jacqueline Housel, Department of Geography, Miami University
  • Migwe Kimemia, American Friends Service Committee
  • Linda Majka, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, University of Dayton
  • Theo Majka, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, University of Dayton*
  • Maureen O’Meara, Department of Languages, University of Dayton (Professor Emerita)
  • Rev. Francisco Pelaez, College Hill Church, City of Dayton Human Relations Council, Greater Dayton Christian Connections, Vice President, Latino Connection
  • Cristina Redko, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University
  • Gina Stough, Director of Training and Development, First Transit, Inc.
  • Jeanette Taylor, National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton
  • Tom Wahlrab, Director (retired), City of Dayton Human Relations Council

* Chair

Conference Sponsors

  • The National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton (www >>)
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Wright State University
  • Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton
  • Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, University of Dayton
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, University of Dayton
  • Human Rights Studies Program, University of Dayton (www >>)
  • Miami University Regional Campuses
  • Premier Health PartnersDepartment of Geography, Miami University
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Miami University
  • Premiere Health Partners
Website provided by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Refugee Report 2012

Dayton Refugee Community Assessment

This report documents the findings and recommendations of a study conducted by the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Caucus of Dayton, an initiative of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton. The overall objective of this study is to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced by refugee populations who currently reside in Dayton, Ohio. In particular the caucus seeks to identify institutional policies and practices that create barriers to immigrants and refugees in accessing services and to provide recommendations that emerged from these findings. In order to meet these objectives, refugee leaders, refugee community members, and providers of services to refugees were interviewed over the course of two years.

Download or view the report (pdf) >>

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Schedule of Forum events.

The Forum on Immigration started with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 am and concluded with closing remarks by Ambassador Johnny Young from 3:45 to 4:00 pm. View the full schedule of events and information about keynote speaker Jane Bloom from the links at right.
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How to register.

Use the links at right to access a downloadable and printable registration form. Please mail, fax or hand deliver all registrations to:

Special Programs and Continuing Education
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-7011

Or Fax to: (937) 229-3500

Or email Denise Quillen >>

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancellation notice received before 4:30 pm on Friday, November 9.

How to find us.

The Third Miami Valley Forum on Immigration was held on Friday, November 16, at the University of Dayton’s River Campus, located at 1700 South Patterson Blvd. in Dayton. This location is the former site of the NCR Corporate World Headquarters.

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Contact us for more information.

To learn more about the Third Miami Valley Forum on Immigration, please contact forum chair Dr. Theo Majka.

Meet Theo Majka >>