June 12, 2019 (9:00 am-12:30 pm)
This workshop provides community members and service providers with accurate and comprehensive information about refugees and refugee resettlement by: supporting individuals and organizations in understanding the pre-migration experiences of refugees, offering practical tools for working with refugee families, and providing ideas for creating welcoming and inclusive environments that ensure sustainable and successful resettlement of refugees and other migrants in Alberta. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe refugee pathways and the global and historical contexts to the most recent resettlement efforts
- Identify barriers and opportunities when working with refugee individuals and families
- Use reflective and analytical tools to build inclusive and equitable practices for refugee individuals and families
This workshop is facilitated by Elli Dehnavi and Sahar Charradi. Holding a PhD in Cultural Studies, Elli is a university teacher, storyteller, and public educator. She has been actively engaged in the community to raise awareness about systemic discrimination. She has developed adult education resources, coordinated training programs, and managed support groups. Elli works with the Centre for Race and Culture as a Senior Consultant, and offers educational workshops on D&I, intercultural communication, unconscious bias, creating inclusive communities, refugee awareness, and gender equity. Sahar is a graduate student at the University of Alberta, where she is currently writing her thesis specializing in the interdisciplinary area of Postcolonial Studies and Gender Studies. Being quadrilingual (Arabic, French, Berber and English being her languages) has allowed her to reach out for a wider community. Along side her job as a professional translator for the Edmonton Law Courts and a facilitator with the Centre for Race and Culture, Sahar often volunteers with churches, hospitals, and Catholic Social Services offering her services as a translator and a cultural facilitator to help newcomer individuals/families.
Note: This workshop is sponsored by REACH Edmonton; their generous support made it possible to offer this training at a discounted rate.