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Vermont Educational Alliance on Poverty Symposium

Who Counts? Immigrants, Refugees, and Access in Vermont and Beyond

Join the College of Education and Social Services & Middlebury College's Center for Community Engagement for an afternoon symposium focusing on refugees and immigrants and their access to community, state, and federal services that support their well-being.

We will begin the afternoon with a keynote featuring UVM Assistant Professor Pablo Bose, focused on public charge, and continue with discussion including students, community partners, policy makers, and all who join us.

Immigration policy in the US is undergoing a sea-change as rising xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments find a home in some of the most powerful agencies and organizations in the country. As with the backlash against immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in other countries across the globe, the pathways for both legal and unauthorized immigrants to enter and remain in the US have become more precarious over the past five years. For those who are here, the ability to adjust to new homes and build safe, stable and prosperous lives has been hampered by policies and practicies that offer uncertainty instead of support. This talk will consider both the broader context of immigration changes in the US today and a series of specific rule changes that question the legitamacy of immigrants and their ability to become regularized on the basis of their use of public services.

Friday, November 1, 2019 Memorial Lounge, Waterman 338

Register online today!

Schedule of Events:

  • 12:45 p.m. - Registration
  • 1:00 p.m. - Welcome
  • 1:15 p.m. - Keynote Address, "You better not ask for help: Public charge and its chilling effect on immigrants and integration"
  • 2:15 p.m. - Student & Community Partner Panel
  • 3:15 p.m. - Breakout Session
  • 4:00 p.m. - Closing Panel
About the keynote speaker:
Pablo Bose, UVM Assistant Professor of Geography, migration and urban studies scholar; Director of the Gobal & Regional Studies Program at UVM; Provost's Faculty Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion; active in the Burlington community as a Public Works commissioner and in partnership with the Association of Africans Living in Vermont.

For more information contact Tiffanie Spencer.