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Humanizing Education: Equity, Belonging & Justice for Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools

March 4 @ 11:00 am

City Lights, in conjunction with the University of San Francisco School of Education and Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, presents a half-day virtual symposium with two plenary and three break-out group discussions to explore how educators, school and district leaders, social service providers, and community partners can work together to better support immigrant and refugee students.

With Lisa Auslander, Monisha Bajaj, Lesley Bartlett, Emily Francis, Gabriela Martínez, Jo Napolitano, Jane Pak, Kajal Shahali, Sailaja Suresh, and Daniel Walsh. 

Nadia Elbgal, the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, will deliver an opening poem to begin the proceedings.

Admission to all sessions is free. Registration is required. Visit the event listing for registration info.

    This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need a device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

    City Lights, in conjunction with the University of San Francisco School of Education and Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, presents

    “Humanizing Education:  Equity, Belonging & Justice for Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools”

    Humanizing Education is a half-day virtual symposium with two plenary and three break-out group discussions to explore how educators, school and district leaders, social service providers, and community partners can work together to better support immigrant and refugee students. By engaging with scholars and practitioners who are deeply encityged in these topics, participants will explore trauma-informed, culturally-affirming, and relevant educational approaches for immigrant and refugee students who make up an increasing percentage of students in U.S. schools.  Admission to all sessions is free. Registration is required.

    With Lisa Auslander, Monisha Bajaj, Lesley Bartlett, Emily Francis, Gabriela Martínez, Jo Napolitano, Jane Pak, Kajal Shahali, Sailaja Suresh, and Daniel Walsh. 

    Nadia Elbgal, the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, will deliver an opening poem to begin the proceedings.

    All sessions are free to the public. They will be held on the zoom platform. Registration required. Scroll down this page to access the registration links.

    Opening Plenary: “Understanding Issues, Supporting Educators & Humanizing Students”  11:00 am-12:30 pm Pacific / 2pm – 3:30pm Eastern
    After a welcome by hosts, the authors of three new books about schooling for immigrant and refugee students will discuss the educational landscape in the US and strategies for how educators, school leaders, and community based organizations can best support students. With a lens of humanizing the experiences and realities of newcomer students, the authors will discuss issues, contexts and strategies. The three books placed in conversation on this plenary panel are (1) “The School I Deserve”  (by Jo Napolitano, 2021, Beacon Press); (2)  “If You Only Knew” (by Emily Francis, 2022, Seidlitz); and (3) “Humanizing Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth:20 Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond” (by Monisha Bajaj, Daniel Walsh, Lesley Bartlett & Gabriela Martinez, 2023, Teachers College Press). Moderated by Jane Pak, Co-executive Director of Refugee and Immigrant Transitions.

    Register Here