MMU to bring awareness to difficulties immigrants face with April 19 panel discussion

Community members will have the opportunity to learn about current efforts in Iowa aimed at welcoming immigrants to our communities on April 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m., in Mount Mercy University’s Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall 204.

Hosted by Mount Mercy’s Social Work Organization and social work program, this panel discussion will focus on the challenges immigrants face and the strengths that allow them to deal with those challenges, recent challenges to working with immigrants in Iowa, how local agencies are responding to current changes in national policy, and the services each agency provides.

“By the end of the panel, the audience will leave with a better understanding of the diverse reasons immigrants come to the U.S., cultural issues that should be taken into account when working with immigrant families, services that are available, and the challenges immigrant families face,” said Joni Howland, director of Mount Mercy’s social work program. “In general, we hope the panel will help people be more aware and welcoming of immigrants in our community.”

Panelists include: Rose Mizose of Hawkeye Area Community Action Program; Monice Vallejo, Hispanic Program Specialist at Young Parents Network; Mallory Petesche and Joana Lwin of the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resources Center; and Paula Land and Anne Dugger of the Catherine McAuley Center.

This event is free and open to the public. One continuing education unit (CEU) will be offered to licensed social workers who attend.

Signs mirroring the image above will be available for a $10 suggested donation.

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