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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
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.

Abigail Alexander- Director of Research and Training at the Florida Center for
                     Survivors of Torture (FCST).
Hawthorne Smith- Clinical Director at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of
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
Warren St. John- journalist and author of Outcasts United: An American Town, A
                     Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.
Fargo Human Relations Commission
New American Cultural Panel

Lana Suomala- local artist and Spanish teacher from Moorhead, MN
Children Art Exhibition- students in the Fargo area will be displaying some of their art
                    relating to refugee life, compassion and equality.
Conference registration deadline is April 13, 2010

First Name                                           Last Name
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

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.
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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