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Who are the Afghan Newcomers? Understanding the Background and Socio-cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the United States
This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. Visit www.SwitchboardTA.org to learn more.

★ What will this webinar cover?
This webinar will provide an overview of events leading to the displacement of Afghan newcomers to the U.S. (also known as evacuees from Afghanistan). It will also cover the social and cultural aspects that distinguish this population from other refugee groups in the United States. This foundational information will help participants be better positioned to properly support newly arrived Afghans through services that align with their socio-cultural strengths and needs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel composed of qualified experts on the topic.

★ Is this webinar for me?
This webinar will be useful for all resettlement service providers who will be working with incoming Afghan clients, including humanitarian parolees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, and others. The webinar will also be beneficial for community members who are interested in learning about the latest developments in Afghanistan and the various intersecting struggles Afghan new arrivals may face post-resettlement, for the purposes of easing and facilitating their transition to life in the U.S.

★ Why Should I attend?
After attending this 90-minute webinar, you will be able to:

• Define “Afghan newcomers” and recognize the events that have led to their displacement;
• Name basic cultural guidelines related to “do’s” and “don’ts” when interacting with Afghan clients;
• Name expectations and misconceptions about resettlement services in the United States that you may encounter among Afghan clients; and
• Communicate with the Afghan newcomers more effectively using provided tips and guidelines.

Oct 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Farid Saydee
Adjunct Professor @School of Curriculum and Teaching, Kean University
Farid Saydee, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Curriculum and Teaching at Kean University. Professor Saydee is also the Founder/President of Language Mentors International, where he provides educational consultancy services to institutions of higher education throughout the nation. Dr. Saydee is a native of Afghanistan, speaking both Dari and Pashto languages. In 2008, he developed one of the strongest Dari and Pashto programs in the country. During his tenure at the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University, he taught intensive Dari and Pashto language and culture courses. Previously, Professor Saydee worked as a refugee service provider at the IRC in San Diego. His roles included Resettlement Case Manager, Job Developer, and Immigration Case Manager.
Durana Saydee
Research Associate @Language Mentors International (LMI)
Durana Saydee is a Research Associate with Language Mentors International (LMI). She holds a Master's degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from UCLA. She has studied topics related to Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora throughout the entirety of her academic career by conducting research on Afghan refugee resettlement, Afghan social and cultural integration, and identity formation among later-generation U.S.-born Afghan Americans. She currently supports LMI through conducting sociological research on newly arrived Afghan refugees and providing effective training for community organizations that will aid them in their efforts to integrate the Afghan refugees.
Haris Tarin
Senior Policy Advisor @Department of Homeland Security
Haris Tarin is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security. He has extensive background in public policy, civil rights, international affairs and advocacy. He has been published by the Washington Post, LA Times, CNN and has appeared dozens of times on domestic and foreign media outlets. Currently, he serves as Chief Cultural Competency Advisor for Operation Allied Welcome. Previously, he served as Director of the Washington DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Rosalind Ghafar Rogers
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Consultant @U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Rosalind Ghafar Rogers holds a BA in psychology from George Mason University, a MS in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD in International Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years of professional experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. She specializes in addiction/substance use, mood and co-occurring disorders, trauma, as well as refugee trauma. Rosalind is an Afghan-American, and currently serves as a subject matter expert/mental health consultant for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
Wais Khairandesh
Mental Health Therapist
Wais Khairandesh is a Mental Health Therapist with a concentration on complex trauma of both children and adults. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and earned a Master of Arts degree from Adler University in Counseling with a specialization in Sport & Health Psychology. Wais’ own cross-cultural journey as an Afghan-American refugee who migrated to the United States has undeniably led him to formulate his key mission to be of greater aid to immigrants and refugees going through psychological and emotional crises. Wais is currently certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist as well as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). Wais is also a member of Afghanistan’s National Track & Field team.