Symposium: Refugees and Immigration – a New Era

Symposium: Refugees and Immigration – a New Era

Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 2:00pm

The United States has entered a new era relating to immigration and refugees – one that has been clouded by the politics of previous administrations, hampered by evolving policies, but founded on a humanitarian tradition of hope and opportunity for those seeking entry. Over the past year, the new administration has introduced policies and practices that attempt to address the growing need for a comprehensive approach to relieving the pressures at our country’s borders and articulating a clear and equitable process for those entering the country. But where are we now and where are we headed? The November 20th Symposium features local and regional experts to discuss the current state of immigration and what is happening in our communities. Recent immigrants and refugees who have navigated the process will share their first-hand stories.

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Symposium Presenters

Founder/Executive Director

The Welcome Immigrant Network, Salem, MA

Recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Service Award presented
by Representative Seth Moulton
United States migration within a historical context: migration waves, groups, push and pull factors, reception and legislative response. Evolution of the Federal oversight of immigration and how it shapes public narrative. Perceptions of immigrants, their experience and process of acculturation. Myths, facts, and statistics of contemporary immigrants.

Chief Institutional Advancement Officer
International Institute of New England, Boston, MA

Documented and undocumented immigrants and unaccompanied children.

Director of Adult Education
Wellspring House’s program.

Essex County Community Foundation, ECCO, Lynn
Member of the Board and Core Strategy Team

ECCO’s programming. First-hand experience settling in the United States

Pastor, West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC
Allies of Our Afghan Allies and efforts to assist Afghan families resettling on Cape Ann.

First-hand experience moving to the United States after fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gloucester resident
The experience of settling in Gloucester

ESOL Coordinator, Wellspring Adult Learning Center
The experience of settling in Gloucester

The Schedule

2:00 – 2:10Welcome and IntroductionsCharles Nazarian
Sandy Ronan
2:10 – 2:25PresentationElsabel Rincon
2:25 – 2:40PresentationAlexandra Weber
2:40 – 3:00PresentationAndy Allen
Francis Mpfuranziza
3:00 – 3:10Break
3:10 – 3:25PresentationBlanca Martinez
3:25 – 3:35PresentationRona Tyndall
3:35 – 3:50Immersive ExerciseElsabel Rincon
3:50 – 4:00Break
4:00 – 4:50Q&A Roundtablelsabel Rincon
Alexandra Weber
Andy Allen
Blanca Martinez
Rev. Rona Tyndall
Francis Mpfuranziza
Rev. Alice Erickson
Melissa Buchanan
4:50 – 5:00ClosingCharles Nazarian
Sandy Ronan
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Event Info:

  • Saturday, November 20th, 2021
  • 2pm to 5pm
  • Gloucester Meetinghouse
  • Tickets: Free
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Gloucester Meetinghouse
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