UNCG will host a panel discussion titled “Immigrants and Refugees in Greensboro: Current Challenges” this Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Graham Building, Room 212.

The panel will discuss the variety of challenges facing immigrants and refugees, focusing specifically on how gender and sexuality play prominent roles in the immigrant and refugee experience. The event is free and open to the public.

“Greensboro and its surrounding areas are home to many immigrant and refugee communities,” said Dr. Mark Rifkin, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNCG. “It’s important for the UNCG and greater Greensboro communities to be aware of the challenges that these communities face and to understand the complex political, economic and social forces shaping immigration and refugee status.”

Panelists include Audra Abt, associate to the rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Raleigh Bailey, former director of the Center for New North Carolinians; David Fraccaro, executive director of FaithAction International House; Leilani Roughton, executive director of New Arrivals Institute; and Heather Scavone, director of Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.

The panel is presented by UNCG’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and is co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement and the International and Global Studies Program.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications