Understanding the Refugee and Immigrant Experience: Sharing Stories and Perspectives from the Field

MAR 06, 2019 | 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Human rights activists at the border



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4202: French Student Lounge


March 06, 2019: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM




PhD Program in Urban Education


In our current political climate, it is important to move beyond sound bites in our understandings of the realities of refugees and immigrants. In this panel discussion, we will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from the stories and perspectives of current and former refugee students and community members, school-based educators and legal experts. They will share the challenges many of our students face as well as the kinds of supports that schools are putting into place to support and advocate for refugee and immigrant communities in these turbulent times. 

•    Abdul Alargha, Speaker and asylum-seeker from Syria
•    Berena Cabarcas: Principal of International Community High School, Bronx, NYC
•    Stephanie Delia:  Managing Attorney for City Council Services, CUNY Citizenship Now
•    Gloria Jaramillo: Counselor at Brentwood High School, Long Island
•    Bnyad Sharef:  Activist, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition

Moderator & Organizer: Dr. Lisa Auslander, PI/Project Director, Bridges to Academic Success/Center for Advanced Study in  Education (CASE)
Co-Organizer: Dr. Tatyana Kleyn, Associate Professor & Director, Programs in Bilingual Education and TESOL, The City College of New York

Light refreshments provided; this event will be livestreamed by STN Media via YouTube.