May
10
Fri
The 7th State of Asian Women’s Health in Massachusetts Conference @ NE Carpenters Training Center
May 10 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Our 2019 conference focuses on how to identify, collect and interpret meaningful small population data to inform program implementation & advocacy. This important state-wide gathering of community members, advocates, public health officials, service providers, business leaders, community-based organizations, researchers and policy makers provides a rich co-learning platform for engaging key stakeholders and facilitating cross-sector collaborations.

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
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

Jun
24
Mon
History UnErased Educator Conference @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

PUTTING LGBT+ HISTORY IN ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE – THE CLASSROOM.
This intellectually inspiring training will prepare K-12 educators to present all students with a more complete story of America.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

unique, high-quality instructional materials grounded in primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society, and more
reasonable methods and strategies for implementation of LGBT+ history
expanded understanding of who, and which groups, have influenced social, political, cultural, economic, and scientific aspects of our world
22 PDPs
*Email info@unerased.org for information about our micro-credential option to become a Certified History UnErased Teacher

Jun
25
Tue
History UnErased Educator Conference @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

PUTTING LGBT+ HISTORY IN ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE – THE CLASSROOM.
This intellectually inspiring training will prepare K-12 educators to present all students with a more complete story of America.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

unique, high-quality instructional materials grounded in primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society, and more
reasonable methods and strategies for implementation of LGBT+ history
expanded understanding of who, and which groups, have influenced social, political, cultural, economic, and scientific aspects of our world
22 PDPs
*Email info@unerased.org for information about our micro-credential option to become a Certified History UnErased Teacher