Immigrant/Refugee Integration: Understanding How to Welcome New Americans Seattle, WA
Presented By:Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition
CEUs/Clock Hours:Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
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8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Seattle, WA, 98144
map | directions
- Get onto Interstate-90
- Take the Rainier Avenue South exit
- At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Rainier Avenue South
- Turn left onto South Massachusetts Street
- Turn right onto 24th Avenue South
- The building is several blocks down, just past South Hill Street
Coalition Member Organization:
$100 per participant [for 1-5 staff from member organization]
$90 per participant [6 or more staff from member organization]
$149 per participant
Lunch will be on your own.
The Seattle Metropolitan area has seen significant growth and shift in our population according to the 2010 census report. 93% of this growth is attributable to people of color with over half being immigrants and refugees.
In this interactive workshop participants will learn about barriers that inhibit successful and meaningful immigrant/refugee integration and dialogue into society. Participants learn why and how to build welcoming communities that produce a collective and shared prosperity for immigrants and refugees in housing, education, employment, small business development community engagement and an overall quality of life. You will learn how to incorporate promising strategies to engage mainstream community members in order to build broader internal and external support for immigrants and refugees in our communities, to build an effective road-map and process for successful civic and public engagement and to reshape the boundaries of “us” and “them.”
The workshop offers an experiential “Walk in My Shoes” simulation that transforms participants into refugees escaping for their lives; participants will undergo mock interviews by immigration authorities, as well as meet and learn from a local refugee sharing an inspiring story.
A panel of ethnic community leaders will share misconceptions about linguistic, cultural and religious distinctiveness along with effective strategies for welcoming New Americans to our communities.
- Learn new outreach strategies that strengthen meaningful interaction and engagement between New Americans and receiving community members
- Learn communication strategies that cultivate and emphasize the positive aspects of a united and diverse community between New Americans and mainstream populations
- Learn how to engage and encourage the participation of mainstream leaders in efforts that build community among diverse populations