The 14th annual Idaho Conference on Refugees is moving to a hybrid model this year, offering both in-person and virtual options.
You're invited to the two-day event on Feb. 28 and March 1, either in person at Boise State University's Student Union Building or online through Zoom. Registration is open through Feb. 18.
The goal of the conference is to connect community members from diverse backgrounds and provide training for professionals and volunteers who work with refugee and immigrant populations.
There's a great lineup of workshops to choose from designed for educators, social workers, healthcare providers, new Americans, resettlement staff and others interested in resettlement. We'll hear state and national updates on resettlement trends, innovations and best practices, and we'll learn from those who have experienced the resettlement process firsthand.
The theme of this year's event is Belonging Begins With Us.
“For decades Idaho’s receiving community has wrapped its arms around new arrivals to let them know they belong,” said Tara Wolfson, director of the Idaho Office for Refugees. “Our conference gives us a chance to come together and learn from each other and from experts so we can make Idaho a stronger place for everyone.”
We're excited to welcome author and activist Edafe Okporo as our keynote speaker. Edafe, pictured above, is the author of ASYLUM, A Memoir and Manifesto. He grew up in Nigeria and had to flee for his life when international recognition outed him at home.
Now a resident of New York City, Edafe is a global gay rights activist and founder of The Pont. He is one of the country’s most visible voices on the issue of displacement. As the U.S. mobilization director for Talent Beyond Boundaries, Edafe works to improve labor mobility pathways for refugees nationwide.
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Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
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