Refugee 101: Who are refugees and what is their economic impact? Rabiou Manzo, International Rescue Committee, Immigration Services Supervisor TawfeeqSundus, Owner of Babylon Market KibromMilash, Owner of Ethiopian Restaurant Ali Rahma, Owner of Somali market Wesley Shin, Owner of AFC sushi
This workshop will provide information on who refugees are, the different agencies involved in the refugee resettlement process, the vetting process, and laws and policies that support refugee resettlement program. This workshop will also explore the economic impact of refugees in our community. Refugees bring an entrepreneurial spirit, which not only aligns with American ideals, but is greater than the American average. Within this workshop there will be a panel of refugee entrepreneurs who have shaped the way here in the Treasure Valley by starting up businesses. Refugees take great steps to create deep roots in the United States. With the United States being their new home, they want to shape it in a positive light and share their culture with the welcoming community surrounding them.
Data Driven Program Design
Colby Page, International Rescue Committee, Data and Program Quality Specialist James Brownson, International Rescue Committee, Development Manager
Target Audience: Individuals involved in designing services to refugees and the Boise community.
An introduction to program design, including: how to create a Logical Framework; how to design data collection into programming from the beginning; what types of data are compelling to prove successful outcomes. This will be a very interactive session, with games and roll plays using mock programs to get participants to apply material learned.
Memories and Dreams: A Resource for Refugee Students
Aileen Hale, U.S State Department, English Language Specialist. Larry Fletch, Independent Contractor
Target Audience: Primary audiences are practitioners and service providers who work with high school and college age refugee students. Secondary audiences include educators, administers and program directors
By examining the past and exploring the future, young people in refugee communities can honor their elders and their memories and at the same time identify and shape their own future hopes and dreams. Participants will explore Memories and Dreams, a 10-session curriculum that provides young people with the opportunity to capture and preserve the past while at the same time helping them to set a course for their future. Memories shape who a person is. Dreams shape who a person will become. Both are important. Memories and Dreams provides a bridge between the two, for refugee students.
Strategies and Tips for Successfully Working with Interpreters
Christy Babcock, Brighter Future Health, Therapist, Clinical Director
Target Audience: This session is primarily geared toward mental health professionals, but can be beneficial for all professionals who work with interpreters. This session can serve as a professional development opportunity for current interpreters.
Do you work with interpreters? Would you like to enhance your knowledge about how to successfully interact with and utilize interpreters? The interpreter role is vital to the success of the provider/client relationship. The interpreter serves as the primary mode of communication on the client care team. Maximizing the provider-interpreter working relationship is the key to providing the best possible care to the client. This workshop will give you a comprehensive outline of the professional standards for interpreters and tips on how to create mutually beneficial working relationships with this important member of the client care team. It will help you develop basic training points and a set of appropriate expectations and boundaries for the interpreters that work for you. This workshop will help remove the mystery and anxiety for those who are new to working with interpreters, and will enhance the knowledge and skill base for those who already work with interpreters on a regular basis.
Listening Across the Many Cultural Divides: Changing the Conversation
Erika Taylor, Taylored Fitness, Functional Aging Specialist Myrna Ann Adkins, Spring Institute, President Emeritus
Using the term "culture" broadly, this session will consider many aspects of culture that can divide us, including in addition to ethnicity and race, different age groups, the spectrum of socio/economic status, views of refugees and immigrants, gender, rural versus urban experiences, and communication styles. Participants will have the opportunity to examine these differences, reflect on their own stereotypes, experience cross-cultural communication and learn strategies for enhancing communication through effective listening. In the current politically charged environment in which we live and work, focusing on similarities as well as differences and improving our own abilities to respond to others can be powerful tools for service.
One Refugee: A Pathway to Prosperity through Education
Raymon Burton, One Refugee, Exec. Director of Operations Selma Mlikota, One Refugee, Exec. Director of Careers Amy Wylie, One Refugee, Exec. Director of Education
Target Audience: Primary audience is service providers working with college aged individuals from a refugee background. Secondary audience is high school and college advisors that may be working with this population, potential funders interested in expanding education services, refugee students looking to understand more about the program.
Come learn about how One Refugee (based in Salt Lake City, UT) is helping individuals from a refugee background find prosperity through higher education and meaningful careers. A holistic, one-on-one approach is necessary in assisting this at-risk population to bridge the divide to prosperity.
National Policy Briefing
Julianne Donnelly Tzul, International Rescue Committee, Executive Director
Target Audience: Very broad target audience, both experienced refugee workers and people entirely new to refugee work but wanting to better understand the national news cycle regarding refugees.
Refugee resettlement across the United States has been dramatically reshaped in the last year. Come learn what has been happening in the legal arena, in national advocacy, in operations and in local legislation around the country.
Third Culture Kids
Ismail Warsame, Oregon State University, Case Manager for International Students
Target Audience: Primary target are native born Americans, secondary target audience are refugees and other marginalized communities.
We will discuss the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals who are known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs). A Third Culture Kid is an individual who, having spent a significant part of the development years in a culture other than that of their parents, develop a sense of relationship to both but ownership of none. They are the children of business executives, soldiers and sailors, diplomats, refugees, and missionaries who live abroad.
Refugee Crisis Response
Kathy Tidwell, Tidwell Social Work Service, Training Director Daniel Griffin, Tidwell Social Work Service, Graduate Intern Sally Mwangi, Tidwell Social Work Service, Peer Support Counselor
Target Audience: The primary target audience for this presentation would be anyone who comes into direct contact with refugees outside of a mental health setting. This could include volunteers, interpreters, school teachers, etc.
Aims to empower community members in a culturally competent way to help identify when refugees are experiencing signs, symptoms, and riskfactors of mental health struggles, identify an assortment of professional and self-help resources for those that are identified as struggling with a mental health issue of addiction, and empower community members to have a greater sense of direction and confidence in helping refugees that might be experiencing emotional distress.
How to Achieve your Dreams
Mike Alvarado, International Leadership Collaborative Patrick Wangoi, International Leadership Collaborative
Target Audience: Primary: Recent immigrants and refugees, those wishing to pursue an entrepreneurial career, Secondary: Individuals supporting recent immigrants and refugees in adjusting to life in the United States
Dreams and your legacy end point of a life's destination. What if it was the starting point, a way orienting your life to achieve your dreams and to create your legacy? What if this list helped create the future for your descendants and their descendants? What if it enabled those around you to know better how to help you reach your life's dreams, to help create your legacy? Mike Alvarado and Patrick Wangoi take participants through an exercise that could shape your next stage of life and the lives of your children.
Thriving in Times of Uncertainty: Harnessing the Power of wellness practice for resilience
Erika Taylor, Taylored Fitness, Functional Aging Specialist Myrna Ann Adkins, Spring Institute, President Emeritus
Target Audience: With an intense focus on the unique challenges faced by both refugees before, during, and after resettlement as well as refugee service providers. This session is appropriate for both and will offer the added benefit of arming attendees with information and actionable items they can share with their communities and organizations.
The high- energy interactive, workshop will give you the tools you need to spark wellness inside you and use it to navigate the constantly changing landscape of the refugee experience. Explore and identify both individual and organizational challenges to wellness. Leave the session with a plan to practice simple, achievable strategies they can implement in their daily lives to thrive in the face of stress, uncertainty, and change. Learn, share and feel great doing it!
Boise Refugee Resource App
Christina Bruce-Bennion, Idaho Office for Refugees, Service Coordination Program Manager
Join us for a hands-on session to help create an app for Boise’s refugees. The Idaho Office for Refugees and BSU’s School of Innovation and Design are partnering to develop an app for refugees in Boise that will allow them to connect with resources of various kinds as well as receive important notifications and information. This app is based on a successful model that was developed for use in Europe, but is adapted to more local needs. During the session participants will be able to help give input into the name, features and contents of the app.
Winning ESL: How to Use Games to Build Refugees' Social Capital
Amanda Liles, English Skills Learning Center, Empowering Parents Programs
Target Audience: The primary audience for this workshop would be English teachers or tutors who work with refugees or recent immigrants. The secondary target audience would be refugees who are looking for different or innovative ways to further develop their English language skills.
Game-based learning can be used to improve refugees' English language proficiency and help them thrive through the community ties it creates in the classroom and beyond. This workshop focuses on language as social capital and the application of gamification principles for lesson planning for diverse groups of English learners. By learning how gaming gives refugees access to both language and American social norms, participants will understand how to teach ESL to cultivate social capital and empower learners. Several activities will be modeled to demonstrate how these concepts can be applied to participants' teaching or learning
Building Bridges When Building Walls Is in Vogue
Nick Armstrong, Glocal Community Partners, Co-director Laura Armstrong, Glocal Community Partners, Co-director Reshma Kamal, Islamic Center of Boise, Community Outreach
Target Audience: Everyone and anyone, but if there was to be a primary audience it would be leaders of the various communities and educators represented at the conference as their sphere of influence could help to promote the awareness we are aiming for.
Muslims in America are facing an increase in hate crimes, targeting, discrimination and the bullying of children. This workshop will explore our awareness of the challenges that Muslim face in currently hostile social environment, an awareness of the human tendency to create ‘the other’, stereotype and reduce those who are different from ourselves to a ‘single story’. The workshop will also explore what is being done to help promote the building of bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims and ways to advocate and stand together in addressing this social challenge.
Fair Housing for All
Zoe Ann Olson, Executive Director of Intermountain Fair Housing Council
This training will provide an understanding of the basic principles of the federal Fair Housing Act. It will also highlight topics pertinent and relevant to New Americans, including best practices for eradicating housing discrimination, give updates on the Act and provide information about resources. A great session for New Americans as well as advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about housing discrimination.
Mapping Our Networks: Collaboration Across Programs for Stronger Support System
Erica Compton, College of Western Idaho, Manager, Student Advising Ctr. Steve Rainey, English Language Center, Director Gail Shuck, Boise State University, Associate Professor
Target Audience:Primary audience is people currently working in refugee support and advocacy services, such as educational programs, resettlement organizations, physical and mental health services, etc. Secondary audience is people hoping to learn more about existing support programs and how they might connect to their own work.
Members of the Neighbors United Adult Education Subcommittee will describe how our partnership has benefited all of our respective programs and has strengthened our work in assisting refugees. Each member will first describe from her or his own vantage points how participating in this network has helped us identify and address gaps in services. Participants will then spend the bulk of the workshop collaboratively mapping out their own current and potential partnerships, developing an action plan for building and/or strengthening those partnerships.
Tools for Building Resilience: An Approach to Resiliency Planning
Roger Sherman, Idaho Children's Trust fund, Executive Director Jane Zink, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, Strengthening Families Coordinator
Target Audience:The resiliency planning tool can be used either by an individual family or by professionals who are working with families.
“Resilience is both a process and an outcome. Resilience is learned through exposure to challenging life events facilitated by supportive relationships and environments (e.g. people. culture, institutions, conditions, policies). The outcome of resilience is positive change and growth.” Charlyn Harper Browne, Center for the Study of Social Policy With this definition in mind participants will learn some of the known factors that support healthy development and learn an approach for working with families to strengthen resiliency. The workshop will be participatory and will provide participants with a tool they can use in their own lives and in their work with refugee families. This resiliency planning tool was developed by the University of Kansas as a part of their Lemonade for Life Program.
Pro Bono Legal Help for The Refugee Community
Jim Cook, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Executive Director Susan Pierson, Idaho Volunteer LawyersProgram, Legal Director Zoe Ann Olson, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Executive Director Latonia Haney Keith, Concordia University School of Law, Director of Clinical Education Jim Jones, “of counsel” member of Parsons Behle & Latimer in Boise
Target Audience: The workshop is primarily directed toward referral agencies and the leaders of refugee groups, but it can also benefit individual refugees. Adapting to a new legal system is difficult and people often do not realize they have a legal problem until it is too late. If refugee groups and referral agencies are aware of the outreach mission of the Law Academy, legal problems might be averted. If a problem arises, people need to get timely information as to where to go to address it. They need to know that the help is available without charge. Referral agencies and refugee leaders can play a critical role here.
The pro bono workshop is designed to inform the refugee community and referral agencies of the free legal services that are available to refugees and how to access them. Each of the legal service agencies will describe the types of legal services is deals with and where to turn to get help. In addition to hands-on legal help available through the legal service agencies, the workshop will outline the work of the New Beginning Law Academy. The Academy conducts presentations on legal topics for refugee groups to inform them of their legal rights and how to enforce them. Topics include immigration, domestic relations, housing law, the court system, state assistance, credit transaction and the like.
Serving Muslim Refugee Students
Ismail Warsame, Oregon State University, Case Manager for International Students
Target Audience: Primary target are native born Americans, secondary target audience are refugees and other marginalized communities. This presentation will highlight the experiences and conditions of Muslims in US, their support systems, challenges they face, identity formations, etc. The presentation will also discuss the larger context in which American Muslims find themselves, and how the national conversation, with regard to homeland security and terrorism affects the collective psyche of the community. In addition, there will also be a basic introduction to the Islamic Belief system and the implications it may have on dietary practices, housing needs and holiday accommodations.
Data in Refugee Resettlement: A Federal Perspective
Carl Rubenstein, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Director- Division of Refugee Assistance Jordan Becker, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Region X Representative
Federal Partners from the Office of Refugee Resettlement will discuss how data on refugee resettlement is currently collected nationally and provide a broad perspective on data collection challenges. Discussion will also center around new federal initiatives to improve data collection and explore input from local partners on considerations for improving overall data collection on the refugee resettlement program.
Powerful Storytelling in Media and Social Media
Megan Schwab, International Rescue Committee, Community Engagement Specialist Julianne Donnelly Tzul, International Rescue Committee, Executive Director
Target Audience: Very broad, from entry level to seasoned. After a poll of the audience, if there are enough seasoned people in the attendance, we will include additional material on building/funding organizational capacity for storytelling as a priority.
This workshop will lay out strategies for successful storytelling with media and social media. It will include samples of effective and ineffective strategies. It will have interactive exercises to have the audience members test content taught with one another and the presenters.
Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Yoga and Mindfulness Skills for Emotional Resilience and Well-Being Caitlin Lanier, Warm Springs Counseling Center
Target Audience: Doctors, nurses, mental health workers, social workers, counselors, home health aids, medical interpreters, refugee family caregivers, and any others who work closely with refugees in the physical or mental health fields
In this workshop, we will explore mindfulness, meditation, breath work, self-massage, chair yoga, and essential oils as a way to de-stress and connect the body, mind, and spirit. Anyone working in a health, mental health, or wellness-related field (including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, teachers, parents, massage therapists, midwives, doulas, holistic practitioners) is encouraged to attend. For those of us working with trauma survivors and in high stress environments, the symptoms can often live in the tissues of the body. A yoga practice can help unwind the tension and physical patterns held in the superficial and deeper fascial layers of the body. In this 1.5-hour workshop, we'll unpack practical applications of yoga for emotional well-being. Using self-compassion, we'll address postural habits of chronic stress by gently unwinding with a chair yoga practice. This workshop will be helpful for anyone who is looking to de-stress, develop a home practice, and learn more about the mind-brain-body-spirit connection. Workshop will be sprinkled with reflection and discussion.
Finding Solutions: Capacity Building Roundtables
Tara Wolfson, Idaho Office for Refugees, Director Collin Elias, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Refugee Health Screening Program Manager
Collaborate with diverse colleagues in small, facilitated group discussions, to come up with innovative solutions for your organizations. This workshop will give you the opportunity to share your wisdom and experience, to gain support from colleagues as you overcome challenges, and to expand your cultural understanding through a series of speed roundtable conversations that will highlight innovative practices to build capacity and impact in your work and that of your organization. Workshop goers will choose three topics to explore during the session. Topics may include: (1) Healthcare (2) Employment (3) Case management (4) Building partnerships with ethnic communities and organizations (5) Communication (6) Housing (7) English language learning.
Recent Developments in Immigration Law Affecting Refugees
Kathy Railsback, Attorney at Law, PLLC From start to finish, 2017 was a whirlwind of activity for laws and government policies affecting immigrants and refugees. It appears that 2018 will be the same. This workshop will give an overview of the following topics: 1) How to protect individuals and families through applying for naturalization as a U.S. citizen: who should file and who should not file; 2) Who should consider filing an immigrant visa petition for family members abroad; 3) The impacts of the travel ban on affected nationalities; and 4) How legislative proposals for immigration reform may affect refugees and their families. We will also discuss how members of the broader community can advocate for immigrants and refugees and support their efforts to protect and reunite their families.
Idaho Office for refugees
1607 W. Jefferson St. Boise, ID 83702 208.336.4222