Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Seeking the Common Good Series 2011 - 2012

Story posted June 25, 2012

Building Stronger Community

In response to an increasingly diverse and international population in Maine, particularly in Portland, a national refugee resettlement center, and Lewiston, with its large Somali community, this series examines central issues including housing, legal advocacy, health and education that immigrants and refugees and their adopted communities must address in building for the future.

Schedule of Events

From Downtown to Downeast: Fostering Community Voices for Fair and Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Alumni about Building Stronger Communities
Monday, October 17
4:00 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Ben Beach ’97, Director of the Community Benefits Law Center, Los Angeles
Elise Selinger ’10, Project Associate at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), New York City
Ian Yaffe ’09, Executive Director of Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand, Milbridge, Maine
Moderator: Professor Craig McEwen, Sociology

From Immigrant/Refugee/Asylee to New Mainer: The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project A Talk by Jennifer Archer, J.D.
Monday, February 6
4:00 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Jennifer Archer is an immigration attorney with the Portland firm of Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman and a panel member of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project who, for many years, has provided pro bono legal services to immigrants. Her talk will address some of the different pathways that immigrants, refugees, and the growing population of asylees traverse in seeking permanent legal status in the U.S., some of the obstacles they face in the process, and the services that the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project provides to assist them.

Teaching New Americans: Education for Maine’s Immigrant Communities A Talk by Terrie Anne Hoops
Tuesday, February 21
7:00 p.m., Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Terrie Anne Hoops is a specialist in migrant and immigrant education and a teacher at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland. A rewowned ski instructor and racing coach, Terrie brings this enthusiasm and experience helping athletes excel to her work with migrant and immigrant youth. Her talk will address the challenges facing ELL students as well as best practices for educating these students.

Maine Migrant Health Program: Providing Quality Primary and Preventative Healthcare Services A talk by Barbara Ginley, Executive Director, MMHP
Thursday, March 1
7:00 p.m., Banister Hall 106
The Maine Migrant Health Program is Maine’s only farmworker health organization. Their collaborative model involves folks who carry the commitment to make a difference in the lives of Maine’s farmworkers. By linking agricultural workers to care and services, they aim to reduce health disparities and inequities of access for this workforce. Putting fruits and vegetables on ALL of our tables is not only vital work, it positively impacts our collective health and community.

Somalis In Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents With Readers’ Theater
Friday, April 13
7:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Professors Kim Huisman, Mazie Hough, Carol Toner and Kristin Langellier of the University of Maine, the authors of Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents, together with the Somali undergraduates who have shared their stories, come together with a Readers’ Theater program that tells the stories of Somali history, culture, and immigration.

This Seeking the Common Good series is hosted by the McKeen Center for the Common Good in partnership with Africana Studies, the Career Planning Center, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin Haitian Alliance, Health Professions Advising, Latin American Student Organization, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Student Affairs, and with the generous support of the Preston Public Interest Career Fund.

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