Immigration and Political Discourse Panel - Colloquium

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Event Date: December 13, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545

In a time of rising anti-immigrant political discourse, a European refugee crisis, and cross-cultural challenges as newcomers seek to integrate into a new society, it is important to have constructive strategies to promote coexistence and social justice. 

Jeff Pugh (Moderator) is an assistant professor for the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance and director of the Summer Institute in Ecuador: Conflict Transformation Across Borders. His areas of expertise include international conflict resolution, Latin America, migration and refugees, peacebuilding, protest and social movements, negotiation.

Kenneth Mukonyezi left his home country of Uganda for fear of his life and safety after being linked to members of social activist groups critical to the regime. He was arrested, interrogated, tortured and intimidated and his family was threatened. He arrived in the U.S. traumatized, stressed and in need of protection. Today, his asylum claim is still pending and he is worried about the safety of his family back home and the decision on his case.

David Sulewski is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston who worked for nine years in Boston in refugee resettlement and employment. Before coming to UMass Boston, he served for 2 years as a coordinator of the Colombian Refugee Project in Quito, Ecuador, with the Mennonite Central Committee.   

Nunotte Zama, a native of Haiti who has lived in the U.S. for over twenty five years, is an attorney and full-time faculty member at Roxbury Community College who has devoted much of her time to providing legal services and education to the Greater Boston.

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