This session 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 panel discussion cover?
Race and racism are difficult topics to discuss with anyone but explaining the complex U.S. dynamics of race and racism to newly arriving refugees is a challenge that many providers feel unprepared for. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for participants to learn how African and African-American community leaders, including former and current refugees, are impacted by U.S.-based racism. The panel will discuss the roles that case management, interpretation, community membership, and advocacy play in supporting refugees to address the culture shock, disappointment, and concern about the current state of U.S. racial dynamics. The panelists will also discuss how acts of violence against communities of color, police brutality, bias, racism, and structures of inequity weaken the ability of refugees to feel safe and welcomed.
Recognizing that the resettlement agency is typically the initial connection for newly arrived refugees, the panelists will explore what has worked for them and ways that resettlement could serve new families with an equity-based approach. Panelists will engage questions from participants to share applicable tips and tools on how providers can support clients as they navigate the complexities of resettling in the United States.
After participating in this series, you will be able to:
• Understand how social identities are integral to successful resettlement;
• Describe U.S. immigration history & its impact on the current resettlement process;
• Apply the theory of intersectionality to refugee services; and
• Begin incorporating anti-bias practices into your resettlement services.
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