University of Vermont

Conference Aimed at Better Understanding Lives of Refugee and Immigrant Populations

The College of Education and Social Services is hosting the 3rd annual “Human Rights in Our Everyday Lives” conference on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Davis Center's Livak Ballroom.

The conference is designed for students, faculty and professionals in education, social work and counseling interested in learning directly from some of the state’s 5,000-plus refugees and other immigrants about their cultures, challenges of integrating into American society and other relevant issues. The goals of the conference are to increase awareness about the experiences of refugees, immigrants and English language learners; to recognize the diversity of voices within our community; and to honor refugee, immigrant and English language learner stories without imposing the cultural values of the majority.

Dr. Andrea Green, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Immigrant Clinic at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, who is also Pediatric Medical Director of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma, will serve as keynote speaker.

The conference is free and open to UVM students and faculty and community professionals. Refreshments will be provided.