Events & Symposia

America for Whom?

Migration Policy, Scholarship, Advocacy & Activism

Friday, April 21st, 2017
9am-5:30pm
Great Room,
West Ambler-Johnston Hall

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

 

Parking Information: http://parking.vt.edu/parking/visitors.html

Please email organizers to request WebEx/Skype Participation if you cannot attend on-site in Blacksburg

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

For more information, , and/or to request accommodations related to disabilities contact Christian Matheis at matheisc@vt.edu

America for Whom? Migration Scholarship, Advocacy, and Activism: Recent political shifts in the United States call for a reinvigorated consideration of the conditions created by policies, practices, and scholarship impacting migrant peoples of all legal category and status. Immigrants, migrants, refugees, displaced people and those who are concerned with their just treatment will likely face newly precarious legal and social environments that will require rapid interventions to contend with emergent policy and enforcement regimes. To address this changing landscape, Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) will host a Migration Symposium designed to bring together scholars, politicians, activists, and practitioners from around the state and nation to present, discuss, and debate options for action in the foreseeable future.

[Course Registration has Closed, but general attendance registration remains open]

Students: This day-long symposium is an integrated piece of a special study module course, UAP 4984/5984: Practices of Public Engagement — Migration, Scholarship, Advocacy & Activism. Contact Christian Matheis at matheisc@vt.edu for details.

 

Symposium Schedule:

9:00-9:30am — Opening/Welcome

9:30-10:30am — PANEL 1: Contemporary Refuge, Asylum, and Immigration

  • Dr. Wafa Al-Daily — Associate Director for Research and Strategic Initiatives, Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech.
  • Rama Issa-Ibrahim — Lead Advisor, Community Relations Bureau,  New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Dr. Patty Sagasti Suppes — Associate Professor, Department Spanish, Ferrum College
  • Hamza Safouane — Ph.D. Candidate in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech
  • Panel Chair: Dr. Brett Shadle — Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech

10:45-11:45am — PANEL 2: Which methods? Epistemology, Values, and Evidence

  • Dr. Katy Powell — Professor, Department of English, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Shekila Melchior — Counselor Education, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Emily Barry — Supervisory Program Manager in the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Division of USCIS
  • Dr. Michele Deramo — Director of Diversity Education and Programs, Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Virginia Tech
  • Panel Chair: Dr. Christian Matheis — Visiting Assistant Professor, Government and International Affairs, and Teaching and Research Associate at the Intercultural Engagement Center, Virginia Tech

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch and Keynote Speaker

  • “Screening Refugees: Showcasing Short Film Refugee Narratives”
    — Screening Refugees will showcase a curated collection of contemporary independent short film works that aim to increase awareness of refugee rights and narratives around the world. The films’ contexts and unique strategies will be addressed and discussed through a brief introductory presentation, followed by a screening of the works. The screening will close with a Q&A / open discussion about mediation of displacement and the picturing / imaging of refugees.– Rachel Lin Weaver — Assistant Professor of Creative Technologies; Affiliation: School of Visual Arts, College of Architecture & Urban Studies, Virginia Tech

1:40-2:45pm — PANEL 3: Mis-/Alignments: Policy, Practice, and Activism

  • Janne Mathes — Blacksburg Refugee Partnership
  • Khaled Hassouna — Blacksburg Refugee Partnership
  • Hassan Ahmed (Esq..) — Managing Attorney, Principal and Founder, HMA Law Firm.
  • Juan de la Rosa — Immigration Activist, Tech Dreamers
  • Panel Chair: Dr. Eli Jamison — Department of Management, Virginia Tech

3:00-4:15pm — PANEL 4: Hosting and Receiving Migrants – government and NGO partnerships

  • Dr. Elda Stanco Downey — Founder and CEO,  Roanoke Spanish
  • Jake Keyel — Ph.D. Student in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Sabith Khan — Researcher, Georgetown University
  • Benjamin Troy Garrett — M.A. Student, Political Science, Virginia Tech
  • Panel Chair: Dr. Michele Deramo — Director of Diversity Education and Programs, Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Virginia Tech

4:30-5:30pm — Closing Keynote

  •  “A Long Journey: An Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Adversity and Delayed Success in the US.”– Dr. Gustavo Lara-Gonzalez — Department Chair, Moreno Valley Community Adult School

Organizers:

  • Dr. Eli Jamison — Department of Management, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Sabith Khan — Researcher, Georgetown University
  • Jake Keyel, Ph.D. Student, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Christian Matheis — Visiting Assistant Professor, Government and International Affairs, and Teaching and Research Associate at the Intercultural Engagement Center, Virginia Tech

Sponsors:

  • The School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Government and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
  • Intercultural Engagement Center, Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
  • Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Virginia Tech