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Engagement Series Three
Creating a Safe and Thriving Environment for Immigrant/Refugee Youth in our Public Schools
Date: Wednesday February 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: McShain Lounge in McCharthy Hall, Georgetown University 37th & O Street NW, DC 20057
What is the Focus - Series Three: Connection, hope, and safety we believe are the greatest needs currently affecting a considerable number of our recently arrived immigrant/refugee students. Our youth come to a new country from hostile environments with the hopes to start a new life away from the violence and poverty that lashed at their life back home. When they get here to their surprise, immigrant youth in general are not seen as valuable new members in our nation, and often times those feelings are felt in our schools. We have heard countless times of children who feel like they don’t belong, or that they are bullied for being new. The teachers and staff that are able to genuinely connect with this population are too few. When here, they also experience a different type of poverty. Many suffer economic strain that forces them to work long hours after school just to survive, leading to having less time to do school related duties. This reality does not even let these children, “be children”. That lack of connection and economic instability leads to a perception of insecurity. We believe that our schools are the right place to create connection, hope, and ultimately the safety that youth need to succeed.
In this session, meet the champions within our school systems that are genuinely connecting, inspiring, protecting, providing culturally relevant after-school programming, and uplifting this vulnerable sector of our school populations.
Who Should Attend: Intended audience is anyone who works with unaccompanied minors including: Local government - Schools officials and educators - Youth service agencies - Churches - Courts - Law Enforcement officials - The business community - Parents
Patricia Foxen, Deputy Director of Research, National Council of La Raza
Patricia Foxen is the Deputy Director of Research at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). At NCLR she oversees research across issue areas and focuses on developing new research on Latino children and youth, race/ethnicity, mental health and discrimination. She has published several reports including Mental Health Services for Latino Youth: Bridging Culture and Evidence (2016), Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends and Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children (2016, with Mark Mather), Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words (2015), and Speaking Out: Latino Youth on Discrimination in the United States (2010).
Dr. Foxen is a cultural and medical anthropologist who previously taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto. Her anthropological research interests encompass migration and forced displacement, the health and psychosocial well-being of immigrant and refugee families, and indigenous communities. She has worked extensively with Central American immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S. and Canada and is the author of the book In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2007) and numerous journal articles. She holds a doctoral degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in medical anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, a master of public health degree from Colombia University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.
Jessica Lee, Program Director, D.C. Schools Project, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service, Georgetown University
Jessica Lee joined CSJ’s team as the DC Schools Project Program Director in July 2013. As Program Director, Jessica is responsible for the oversight of the DC Schools Project which delivers English language and literacy skills support to children, youth, and adults of low-income, immigrant backgrounds in the DC area in partnership with various schools and in homes. Jessica is also responsible for the Summer College Access Program (C.A.M.P.), which works in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center to provide college readiness and access programming for D.C.'s low income youth.
Jessica is from Portland, Oregon, where she attended Lewis and Clark College for her BA in International Affairs and Foreign Languages. She attended the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California for her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration on international management and returned to Portland to work with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon on the intersections of racial justice, immigration, education, and health equity in Oregon’s communities of color. Jessica has been in DC for the last 5 years working in API communities and the broader immigrant community to support racial justice, domestic violence survivors, and youth of color in various capacities.
Rachel Osborn, Clinical Manager (LICSW), School Based Mental Health Program, Mary's Center
Rachel Osborn, LICSW is a Clinical Manager with Mary's Center's School Based Mental Health Program. In response to seeing youth and families face persistent access barriers to receiving quality mental health care, Rachel helped shift the model for youth mental health service delivery by bringing services to places where youth and families spend time every day: their school setting. Rachel has nearly a decade of experience doing direct service with immigrant youth and families and seeks to integrate Positive Youth Development, cross-community collaboration and culturally-responsive services to break down access barriers and increase community health, wellness and cultural capital. Rachel obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Master's of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. She has worked in various non-profit settings in the DMV area. Additionally, she works part-time consulting on immigration hardship evaluations to support individuals fighting deportation proceedings. Outside of work she enjoys going on adventures with her family and 2 dogs and searching for the perfect cup of coffee.
Susana Martinez, National Director (LICSW), Promotor Pathways, Latin American Youth Center
Susana Martinez, LICSW, became the National Director of the Promotor Pathway® in 2016. She is responsible for the national expansion of the Latin American Youth Center’s Promotor Pathway®, an intensive case management model for disconnected and disengaged youth. Susana was a key member of the LAYC team that first developed the Promotor Pathway®, and served as Director during the external evaluation of the model as part of the Social Innovation Fund investment. Prior to her work with the Pathway, Susana launched the Teen Bridge Program, LAYC’s first congregate care facility for young girls in the foster care system. Susana is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked with Latino communities in Texas and Washington, DC, and has expertise in providing clinical and case management services to immigrant families, victims of domestic violence, and youth and families within the child abuse and neglect system. In addition, she has been a lead trainer and writer for the LAYC’s Positive Youth Development curriculum. Susana has presented research and best practices at various national conferences and has over 15 years of experience in the field of youth development and program management. Susana received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgetown University and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
D.C. Latino Youth Leadership Council
D.C. Latino Students Leadership Council: The D.C. Latino Student Leadership Council will organize and mobilize to advocate for opportunities and alternatives for Latino students in our communities, schools, and other educational systems in the District of Columbia. Together we can make positive changes in education.
Come meet these youth who from a first-hand experience understand the challenges recently arrived students face in our school and who are attempting to transform their schools into thriving entities for their peers.
Contact for More Information: Juan Pacheco, email@example.com