Breakfast Mixer @ D'Youville Center for Advanced Therapy
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Lowell’s 16th Annual Refugee and Immigrant Conference @ Middlesex Community College
May 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This year’s theme: “Global Trends and Local Integration”

Keynote Speaker:

Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., is the Director of Community Relations at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, a clinical social worker, and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and another Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself. Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma System’s Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive interventions.

Academic Panel on Migration:

Robert Forrant: Dr. Forrant is a professor in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses on global labor issues, labor history, immigration, and international development. He is director of the department’s graduate program. He has been a consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the International Labour Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Metalworkers Federation, and several trade unions. His research activities have been funded by, among others: the International Metalworkers Federation, the International Labour Organization, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Russell Sage Foundation, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the cities of Lowell and Leominister, Massachusetts. Professor Forrant is the editor of three volumes on sustainable regional development, the author of numerous published articles and reports and a forthcoming book on industrial development and decline in the Connecticut River Valley and New England.

Yvonne Ruiz: Dr. Yvonne Ruiz has a Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (2002) and a Master of Social Work (1994) both from Boston College. She graduated from New York University with an MA in media studies in 1981 and Syracuse University with a BA in English literature in 1979. She holds licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She has been in the Boston area since 1991 and has clinical experience in medical social work, community mental health, and behavioral health.

Breakout Sessions (participants may select two to attend at check-in):

Breakout #1: Presenter TBA, Gateway for Growth – Lowell’s Immigrant Integration Process

Breakout #2: Presenter TBA, MIRA on Policy and Advocacy

Breakout #3: Barbara Dunsford, Meditation/Mindfulness

Breakout #4: TBA, International Institute of New England’s Resettlement and Integration

Breakout #5: Economics and Entrepreneurship

Frankie Descoteaux, CTI Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
TBA, Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Development
Lianna Sachiyo Kushi, E for All
Bora Chamroeun and Ani Vong, Business Owners

In lieu of a registration fee, please bring a Target, Walmart, Market Basket gift card or monetary donation in any denomination to help support refugee families.

Refreshments and lunch provided. Parking available at Lower Locks Garage on 90 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852

Organized by: Lowell Public Schools, Middlesex Community College, International Institute of New England, Lowell Alliance, Lowell YWCA, Saydanar Community Development Center, The African Community Center of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center, The New American Center, The Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan, and Lowell Police Department

Greater Lowell PRIDE Flag Raising @ Lowell City Hall
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, May 31st, 11am, at Lowell City Hall front steps – for our Flag Raising PRIDE Kickoff Event!

Grecian Festival 2019 @ Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
May 31 @ 11:00 am – Jun 1 @ 11:00 pm

Come experience the best of Greek food, dancing, shopping, and culture and discover the rich traditions of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Kid-friendly activities, guided church tours, raffle prizes, live music, and more. Free admission and ample free parking. Invite your friends and join the fun!

Friday, May 31 | 11am-10pm
Saturday, June 1 | 11am-11pm

For more information, please visit or email

Grupos de Apoyo a Sobrevivientes de Violencia
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hispanos sobrevivientes de violencia sexual y sus seres queridos se reúnen en un espacio seguro para apoyarse y manejar el imapcto de la violencia sexual en sus vidas. El grupo es gratis y está dirigido por un consejero especializado en el tema.

May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GLADLY is a group for high school aged LGBQ/T young people to come together once a week and give voice to their experiences while being in community with others. We share resources and stories with one another while providing relevant psychoeducational tools related to coping with things like dysphoria, transitions (social, legal, and/or medical), and other things that may be coming up in their lives. We also set aside time to engage in creative self-care activities like drawing, painting, beading, etc.

Diverse Voices @ Burgoyne Theater, Freshman Academy
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date and join us on Friday May 31st at 6:30 pm for “Diverse Voices” a Lowell High School (Massachusetts) #TedTalk. The event is happening in the Burgoyne Theater at the Freshman Academy, 40 Paige Street Lowell MA 01852. Adults are $5, Students are $2, pay at the door.

Steps to Home Walkathon @ Mill No.5
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Why Walk #whywalk #stepstohome

Saturday, June 1st will mark the Eighth Annual Steps to Home Walk to End Homelessness, featuring a 5K stroll through the beautiful tree lined, cobblestone streets of Lowell and an ice cream social on the 5th floor of Mill No. 5. The walk starts and ends right outside Mill No. 5 on 250 Jackson Street.

Businesses, community groups, faith-based organizations, citizens and friends of Lowell transitional Living Center (LTLC) come together at Steps to Home to raise funds through LTLC’s largest event of the year. Lowell Transitional Living Center offers much more than meals and a place to sleep. The walk will help raise awareness of their programs and services like case management, healthcare, housing, mental wellness, and financial management.

We CAN all make a difference for someone experiencing homelessness in the Merrimack Valley.

Walkers will begin registration at 10:00AM, and head out at 10:30AM from the entrance to Mill No. 5. At the finish line all walkers will head up to the 5th floor of the Mill for ice cream, raffles, photo booth and arcade game. A fun journey up Mill No. 5’s funky staircase and two available elevators will transport walkers to the ice cream and raffle portion of the event. Event organizers encourage individuals and teams to register for the event in advance.

Contact LTLC to receive more information:

978-458-9888 ext. 20 or

Lowell Support Group for Caregivers & Families of LGBQ/T Folkx @ The Center for Hope and Healing Inc.
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Greater Lowell PRIDE Festival @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 1 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

The parade will begin staging/registration at the corners of Bartlett & High Streets at 11am. The parade will START promptly at 12pm.

PRIDE Festival – Sat. June 1st, 12:30pm-5pm –