Monday, April 16, 2012

Community Partner Speaking on Campus

by Ann Abbott

It is so important that our community partners have a voice on campus. 

Our community-campus relationships must be mutually beneficial and mutually respectful. In part, we accomplish that by engaging our students in activities that meet a community-identified need. In part, we show our respect when we teach our students to view their community supervisors as experts.

But when we invite them to campus to share their expert voices among our faculty, we are inviting them into our "spaces" for our intellectual and academic benefit.

I'm so happy to see that Deb Hlavna, Co-Director of the Refugee Center, is speaking at a forum on our University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus. Here is the information:

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Surviving the Economic Crisis: Latina/o Migrants in the U.S. Heartland
A Forum of faculty, students, and community agencies working with Latina/o migrants
Thursday, April 19th
Levis Faculty Center-Music Room

Intersectional Approaches to Immigrant Health Research
Edna Viruell-Fuentes, Asst. Professor, Latina/o Studies
Strength and Challenges of Latino Families in Central Illinois
Angela Wiley, Assoc. Professor, Human and Community Development
Latinas/os in Champaign County: Current Issues
Deborah Hlavna, Co-Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)
A Capability Approach to Latina/o Migrants’ Adaptation to the Economic Crisis
Paola León-Ross, PhD Candidate in Social Work Gale Summerfield, Director, WGGP and Assoc. Professor, Human and Community Development Mary Arends-Kuenning, Interim Director, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and Assoc. Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

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