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Social Justice Leadership Conference

March 23-24 (optional Refugee Simulation on March 25)

2017 Refugee Provider Conference: Best Practices for Post-Resettlement Adjustment

Refugee Conference HomeWest Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas

Conference Contact:

Holly Bellah at 806-651-4257 or email at hbellah@wtamu.edu

Thursday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall

After a short overview of refugee resettlement in the United States, Dr. Faith Nibbs will present information on the history and culture of Burma, Somalia, Iran, and Congo. A panel of refugees from a variety of countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia will answer pre-determined questions to learn more about each one’s culture.


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.- Registration
  • 9:00- 10:00 a.m.- Refugee resettlement in the U.S.
  • 10:00 -10:15 a.m.- Break
  • 10:15-11 a.m.-Somalia
  • 11-12 p.m.- Burma (Karen, Chin, & Burmese)
  • 12-1:30 p.m.- Lunch on your own
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.- Iran
  • 2:15-3 p.m.- Iran
  • 3:40-3:50 p.m.-Break
  • 3:50- 4:20 p.m.- Moderated Refugee Panel
  • 4:20-4:30 p.m.-Break
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m.- Moderated Refugee Panel cont.

Friday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Location: Register in JBK Legacy Hall

Workshops held in JBK Legacy Hall, JBK Basement classrooms, and Classroom Center classrooms


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Registration 
  • 9:00-10:15 a.m. -Session #1
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.  – Break
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Session #2
  • 11:45-1:00 p.m.- Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.- Session #3/ Roundtable
  • 2:00-2:15 p.m.- Break
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.- Session #4/Roundtable
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m.-  Break
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.- Session #5/Roundtable

Breakout sessions will be held for the following tracts:

  • Education - Head Start, K-12, & Higher Education
  • Education - Adult ESL
  • Healthcare and Wellness
  • Culture & Populations
  • Other (Policy, community development, etc.)

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall

Refugee Simulation: 

Participants must arrive between 10-11 a.m.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

No children under 6th grade level allowed. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. 

There is no need to register if you only plan to attend the simulation.

Attendees who wish to earn CEUs - $75 (discount for WT faculty, staff, and students)
Attendees not earning CEUs - $ 15
WT Faculty, Staff, and Students – Free (registration expected)

Register Here

About the Conference

Social justice now occupies center stage as the world reaches global consciousness through rapid globalization. This conference highlights some of the many issues that we face both locally and internationally towards a socially just world, a world where the worth of each person is recognized and valued irrespective of ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences without any prejudice. Social justice in its broadest sense is inclusive of human rights, philosophical orientations, access to resources and equal opportunity for ALL.

Another purpose of this conference is to encourage and promote diversity throughout the University and community. Diversity is defined as a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences. These include ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences that create an inclusive environment. WTAMU realizes a diverse community of learners enriches the educational experience and opportunities of all its members. As such, WTAMU is committed to the goal of promoting mutual respect, understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of all people.