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Building Bridges Conference April 20-21, 2010 Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo, ND The Building Bridges Conference is held annually to provide information and technical support to communities to aid in the delivery of services to refugees and other immigrants. Presented by New American Services, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, this conference will provide answers to many questions-how does someone become a refugee, what is life like in a refugee camp, who is allowed to come to the United States and why, what happens once they come to our communities? The 2010 Building Bridges Conference will focus on topics like: • Volunteering and mentoring with New Americans families • Refugee students and families • Refugee health and well-being • The lives of refugees; before, during and after Who Should Attend? • Community leaders interested in learning about programs around the country that encourage the full potential of New Americans for civic engagement and economic development. • Educators and tutors wanting to know more about the individuals they work with in their English language learning programs. • Health care professionals seeking ways to develop, fund, manage and implement programs for refugees that promote good physical health • Mental Health professionals interested in the development and implementation of community mental health modalities of improving or maintaining good mental health in the refugee community. • Volunteers, mentors, and others wishing to learn about the resettlement program, the refugees and the services provided in our communities. • Employers seeking to diversify their workplace. Sponsored and Hosted by: New American Services a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota N.D. Department of Human Services N.D. Department of Public Instruction City of Fargo Human Relations www.lssnd.org AGENDA Conference Program Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:30 AM Registration 8:30 AM Plenary I 10:00 AM Break 10:30 AM Breakout Session I (Each breakout session will provide a choice of three workshops) 12:00 PM Recognition Luncheon* 1:30 PM Plenary Session II 3:30 PM Break 3:45-5:00 PM Breakout Session II Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:00 AM Registration 8:30 AM Breakout Session II 10:00 AM Break 10:30 AM Closing Plenary Continuing education units for social work, teaching, health care professionals and graduate program credits have been applied for. *At the recognition luncheon, awards such as Volunteer of the Year, Service Provider of the Year, and the New American Self Sufficiency Award will be given out. Presenters: Abigail Alexander- Director of Research and Training at the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST). www.gcjfs.org/fcst/index.html Hawthorne Smith- Clinical Director at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture www.survivorsoftorture.org Terry Shoptaugh- professor and archivist at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and author of ‘You Have Been Kind Enough To Assist Me’: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis Jennifer Erickson- advanced doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon Kevin Brooks- assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University Susan Schmidt- Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) consultant www.brycs.org Warren St. John- journalist and author of Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference. www.outcastsunited.com Fargo Human Relations Commission New American Cultural Panel ____________________________________________________________ Lana Suomala- local artist and Spanish teacher from Moorhead, MN lanasuomalaart.weebly.com Children Art Exhibition- students in the Fargo area will be displaying some of their art relating to refugee life, compassion and equality. REGISTRATION Registration Conference registration deadline is April 13, 2010 _____________________________________________________________ First Name Last Name _____________________________________________________________ Organization _____________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ City State Zip _____________________________________________________________ Phone Email Registration is for: Full Conference - $70 Tuesday Only – $50 Registration includes Tuesday noon luncheon, snacks and beverages during breaks, and all registration materials. Wednesday Only - $25 I need special accommodations (ie: disability access, special seating, etc.) ____________________________________________________ Payment Options By check: Made payable to LSS of ND, with “Building Bridges Conference” in the memo line. By credit card: ______________________________________________________________ Name of Card Holder* _____________________________________________________ Card Holder Address* _____________________________________________________ Card Holder Telephone Number* _____________________________________________________ Card Holder Signature* *required for credit card processing Visa MasterCard / Credit Card Number Expiration Date Identification Number Print this registration form and mail with conference fee payment to: Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Attn: Darci Asche 1325 11th Street South Fargo, ND 58103 LOCATION Hilton Garden Inn 4351 17th Avenue S Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 499-6000 A block of rooms has been reserved for the Building Bridges Conference. th Make your reservations by calling 701-499-6000 by March 20 , and ask for the Building Bridges Conference. If you qualify for North Dakota state rate, please mention at the time of registration.
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