May
18
Sat
10th Asian American Mental Health Forum @ Malden Senior Community Center
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Recognizing Our Value:
Forging Solutions to Combat Stigma and Internalized Racism

Keynote Speaker: Josephine Kim, Ph.D.
Faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Master of Ceremonies: Joy Lim Nakrin, J.D.
News Anchor and Reporter at NBC Boston/NECN

Admission is free. Breakfast and lunch provided.

May
21
Tue
Healing Circles @ The Center for Hope and Healing Inc.
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Our Healing Circles offer survivors a safe space to express their feelings and share their stories. While every survivor’s story is unique, connecting with others who have had similar experiences can be life changing.

This group is 18+, all genders, and no disclosure or registration required.

Continuing the Conversation on Human Trafficking @ St. Mary Church: Parish Hall
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Human trafficking is something that’s happening in every New England state. It isn’t limited to just illicit massage parlors, and it isn’t a crime that only affects non-citizens or recent immigrants. The reality is that young women and children born in the U.S. can be victims of trafficking, too. It’s happening in plain sight in our own community.

Please come to a panel presentation hosted by the Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative Social Justice Committee to learn more about the challenges facing law enforcement, the resources available for victims, and what we can do to take action.

Panelists:
• Pi Downsborough, MA State Police Captain
• Mike Posanka, NH Resident Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations
• a clinical social worker and a survivor professional from RIA House in Framingham

May
23
Thu
Community Teamwork’s Annual Spring Celebration @ James Houlares Early Learning Center
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for a fun-filled evening and enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffles and some surprises…followed by dessert and Awards presentation.

Each year, we help more than 50,000 people and we could not do it without the continued support of friends and partners such as you. This year we invite you to celebrate and sponsor our largest fundraiser. Now more than ever, in the wake of proposed budget cuts, we need your support to ensure another successful year.

May
24
Fri
GLADLY
May 24 @ 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.

May
25
Sat
On Healing: An Interactive Poetry Workshop @ Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On Healing: An Interactive Poetry Workshop

This workshop dives into the art of storytelling to face the trauma we hold deep in our hears to nurture and build the next generation of emotionally responsible and culturally rich people. By having group discussions on the AAPI mental health stigma and generational trauma, participants will be able to open their souls to write about their sorrows and resilience.

This workshop will be hosted by Princess Moon and supported by ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA), and the Center for Hope and Healing.

WELLNESS:
The Center for Hope and Healing will have staff onsite to provide professional wellness support.

TRANSIT:
From North Station (Boston) –
Take the Lowell Line Shuttle from North Station to Woburn Anderson Transportation center.
Transfer to the Lowell Line of the Commuter Rail.
CMAA is a 10-15 minute walk from the Commuter rail station (0.6 miles).
**Please be aware that there is limited service on Sundays.**

CARS:
Parking is available onsite, but space is limited in the lot.
We recommend that folks try to coordinate rides in the comments section! Feel free to reach out for more support if you are having trouble!

ACCESSIBILITY:

English- Khmer translation will be available.
This event is open to all age groups

ARTIST BIO:
Princess Moon is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based in Boston. Her work unearths conversations with ancestral spirits, trauma left behind by the ghosts of violent men, and the hauntingly beautiful journey of finding one’s self. As the daughter of refugees, her purpose as an artist is heavily inspired by the Cambodian genocide, which is responsible for at least 1.7 million deaths. She is determined to write her people’s stories back into existence.

She was the first woman SlamMaster to the Mill City Slam and formerly served as the Programs Director of the youth organization FreeVerse! Princess Moon has graced the Finals stages of the 2011 Brave New Voices as well as the 2012 and 2013 Louder Than a Bomb Massachusetts. In 2014, she coached the winning team of LTABMA and was awarded the Charmaine Santiago Galdon Award for her tireless community building.

She has featured at countless venues and presented the Keynote Speech at the 2016 Massachusetts Mental Health Forum. In 2018, Princess Moon founded Let Me Write You a Poem, an online platform geared towards community healing through storytelling.

You can find her work in Gateways Mag, Young Angel Midnight: An Anthology of Emerging Artists, and in her first full-length collection of poetry The Genocide’s Love Baby Learns to Sing (Bootstrap Press).

May
28
Tue
Healing Circles @ The Center for Hope and Healing Inc.
May 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Our Healing Circles offer survivors a safe space to express their feelings and share their stories. While every survivor’s story is unique, connecting with others who have had similar experiences can be life changing.

This group is 18+, all genders, and no disclosure or registration required.

May
29
Wed
Breakfast Mixer @ D'Youville Center for Advanced Therapy
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
May
30
Thu
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

May
31
Fri
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!