WCC Tentative Program Schedule

Day 1
26 Oct 2015

Opening Remarks & Proclamation

George P. Hartwick, III

COFFEE BREAK (Finger Foods: Vietnamese Imperial Rolls & Nepali Momos)

LUNCH (with Ethnic Appetizers & Cultural Performances

The Reverend Thomas A. Sweet, the pastor of the Market Square Presbyterian Church, will be giving the invocation for the multicultural lunch. Cultural Performances: Bhutanese Song: “Maiti (Maya Adhikari, Sunita...
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The Reverend Thomas A. Sweet

Breakout Sessions: Refugee & Immigration 101

Refugee and Immigration 101 is intended to provide an overview of the U.S. immigration system and what it means to be a refugee or immigrant in the U.S. today. The...
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Mary Weaver
David Chu

Breakout Sessions: Civic Engagement/Good Citizenship Practices

Download presentation: Civic Enngagement / Good Citizenship Practices
Richard G Russell
Jolene Reid

Breakout Sessions: Implementing WIOA Programs In Partnerships with New Americans

Investing in people and their potential is the heart of workforce development and central to the work of South Central Pa Works (SCPa Works). Our mission is to unlock the...
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Kevin Perkey
Kevin Perkey
Jelani Cooper

Breakout Session: Promising ESL Practices and Resources for Serving LEP Immigrants and Refugees

Download presentation materials: Bricks and Mortar: ESL Tools for Building Opportunities Language Institute Course Offerings
Melinda M. Fraker de Fonte
Crystal Rayzer
Jennifer Daley

Breakout Sessions: Helping LEP Immigrants & Refugees Access Health/Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or colloquially Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010. The ACA was enacted to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured...
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Jeannine Peterson
Jeannine D. Peterson
Sharon Kelly
Roberta Vann

Breakout Sessions: Pathways to Starting a Business for Immigrants & Refugees

Starting a business is no easy endeavor.  This fact is doubly true for recently arrived immigrants and refugees, but despite the clear challenges, there are exciting opportunities in business ownership...
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Jonathan Coleman
Deep Gupta
15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break (Finger Foods: Asian-Indian Samosas; Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken)

Breakout Sessions: Helping Immigrants & Refugees Avoid Immigration Scams

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will provide information regarding common scams targeting immigrants, and information on how to combat these scams and find appropriate legal assistance. Download presentation material: Say no...
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Carla Pendino, Community Relations Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Carla Pendino
Asresu Misikir, Dr.PH., MPH
Vanessa Stine

Breakout Sessions: Voter’s Registration For Naturalized Immigrants & Refugees

Download presentation: DOS Welcoming Communities Voting Panel Presentation
Marian K. Schneider
Melissa A. Frey

Breakout Sessions: Meaningful Access to Housing Programs for LEP Immigrants & Refugees

Download presentation, click here: Fair Housing: Race, Color and National Origin: Three Important Fair Housing Protections for LEP Immigrants and Refugees The presentations on this page are only for the use...
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Angela McIver
Mike Kevorkov
Mike Kevorkov

Breakout Sessions: Mental/Behavioral Health Services Targeted at Immigrants & Refugees

This session will provide an overview of concepts essential to understanding refugee and immigrant mental health, along with an overview of best practices and evidence-based models to support newcomers. Participants...
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Melissa Fogg
Susan Bowers-Miller