Welcoming Michigan Statewide Convening

Monday September 19, 2016 at Lansing Community College – West Campus

We are excited to host our 3rd annual convening of welcomers and municipal partners from across the state so they may share best practices, utilize and support each other, and build a community of practice around immigrant integration. Join us in building a dynamic network of welcoming collaborators!

Space is limited – register today!

Agenda listed below or available here.

8:30 a.m.     Registration & Networking, Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.     Welcome Remarks by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero

9:30 a.m.     Workshops:

                 Intro to Welcoming – Christine Sauvé, MIRC

 Leveraging the Capacity of Collaboratives to Welcome – Shirin Kambin Timms, IRRC

 Advancing Citizenship: Models & Resources – Ruby Robinson, MIRC & DNAC and Dr. Rita Fields, New American Workforce

 Principles of Community Engagement – Aaron Goodman and Madhavi Reddy, Community Development Advocates of    Detroit


10:30 a.m.   Workshops:

 Benefits of Collaboration – Pam Lavers & Steve Gold, Macomb County/One Macomb, Kelley Lovati, McLaren-Macomb,Su McKeithen-Polish, Macomb Intermediate School District

 Why Don't They Just Get in Line? – Kelsey Herbert, Christian Reformed Church

 Crisis and Trauma: Observations from a Refugee Camp – Jori and Amanda Reijonen

 Engaging K-12 Students to Build More Welcoming Communities  - Jason Lafay, DeWitt High School and Christine Sauvé, MIRC

11:30 a.m.   Lunch: Municipal Meet-up and Update from the City of Detroit Office of Immigrant Affairs

12:30 p.m.      Keynote Speaker: Deepa Iyer

1:30 p.m.        Workshops:

 Immigration, Cultural Awareness, & The Law: Challenges & Opportunities – Bromberg & Associates with Bruce Adelson

 Partnering with Faith Communities – Mosab Ameur & Germain Smith from the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice; and Pastor Alvin Thomas

 Building a Human Arch – Faris Alami, MyISMInc

 Roles for Welcoming in Colleges & Universities – Joy Shantz, Michigan State University and Aleida Marmolejo Sanchez, Oakland Community College

2:30 p.m.       Workshops:

 Welcoming LGBT immigrants & Refugees – TJ Rogers, Freedom House; Nathan Triplett, Equality Michigan; and Adonis Flores, Michigan United

 Creating a Shared Vision: Government and Community-based Organizations Working to Advance Racial Equity – Gail Harrison and Alfredo Hernandez, Lakeshore        Ethnic Diversity Alliance

           How Do You Know When You Belong? – Alan Headbloom, Feel Like You Belong

           Home Sweet Home: Housing Challenges & Solutions for Immigrants and Refugees - Kevin Piecuch, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center; Phyllis Edwards,                Bridging Communities Inc.                                    

3:30 p.m.       Honoring Our Welcoming Policymakers: Special Recognition for State Representative Stephanie Chang

Reflections & Evaluation

4:00 p.m.       Closing


Carpool to the Convening

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Recap: 2015 Statewide Convening

In September 2015 Welcoming Michigan hosted its second annual statewide convening with 150 participants from the state's Welcoming Cities & Counties. Attendees learned about welcoming initiatives across the state, how to be an immigrant rights ally, and heard from a variety of panelists on the topics of Welcoming Schools, Power of Arts & Culture to Unite Communities, Local ID Programs, Ensuring Language Access, and engaged in sector specific Learning Circles.  Did you miss the 2015 event? Check out some of the Twitter highlights, photos, and conference materials.