Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn Spring 2021 Series
Each semester The Patton College of Education hosts a Munch and Learn Series comprising panel discussions that take an in-depth look at societal issues that impact education. The goal of the series is to create a more equitable and inclusive community, both at Ohio University and in our society at large.
We recognize that ignorance of others’ lived experiences creates an environment that allows prejudice, misunderstanding, and even conflict to grow. Our goal for the Munch and Learn series is to allow the world of Ohio University and beyond to see and hear directly from representatives of as many members of our heterogeneous community as possible.
For spring semester, the Munch and Learn series theme is Global Issues on Immigration: Mobilizing to Advocate for and Build Inclusive Communities. Each session will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. and will be delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams. The dates are Feb. 8, March 8, March 22, and April 12.
Detailed information, resources provided by the panelists, and links to the recordings for each session will appear below. Recordings and resources from the fall semester 2020 Black Lives Matter Munch and Learn series remain available on The Patton College website and YouTube channel.
Immigration Resources for Educators
How to Support Immigrant Students and Families (Colorîn Colorado, a bilingual website for educators and families of English language learners)
Resources for helping immigrant students succeed (American Psychological Association)
Working with Undocumented Students (NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising)
The final session in the Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn series, Honoring and Supporting the Experiences of Immigrant Populations in University and Community Life, Part II, was held on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Watch the recording on The Patton College YouTube channel | Please complete the post-session evaluation to help us improve the series
This forum focused on the academic and non-academic experiences of international students. Panelists shared experiences and strategies for enhancing student success and community engagement among international populations.
- Ms. Salome Aluso, Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education
- Ms. Diane Cahill, Director of International Services and Operations, International Student and Faculty Services
- Dr. Gerry Krzic, Director, OHIO Program of Intensive English (OPIE), OHIO Office of International Training and Development
- Mr. Chip Rice, Research Grants Development Coordinator (Moderator)
- Dr. Connie Patterson, Patton College Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and Outreach (Convener)
The third session in the Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn series, International Students and Immigration: Perspectives from students, faculty, and staff, took place on Monday, March 22.
The panel is composed of students from various countries and Ohio University faculty and staff who work with international students. The student panelists shared their experiences as an international student matriculating at a U.S. institution of higher learning. The staff panelists provided information on services available to support international students as they adjust to their study at Ohio University, as well as insights they have learned during their work with international students.
- Mr. Kyle Butler, Associate Professor of Instruction/Pathway Coordinator/OPIE Advisor
- Mr. Nanang Gunawang, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision
- Ms. Lorraine Koobokile, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision
- Ms. Nikol Lopez Llantuy, Master's Student in Hospitality and Tourism
- Ms. Jennifer Nisevich, Associate Director, PDSO/RO International Student and Faculty Services
- Ms. Kelly Davidson, Academic Advisor (Moderator)
- Dr. Mona Robinson, Professor, Counseling and Higher Education (Convener)
The Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn continued with Honoring the Experiences of Immigrant Populations in Research and Scholarship from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021.
How do we honor the experiences of immigrant populations in research and scholarship? In this session, researchers will discuss how to gain entrée and build trust within the community bringing immigrants' experiences to the foreground. Various theoretical frameworks that can help us think about immigrant-focused research will be discussed, as well as appropriate types of research design.
- Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Minnesota
- Dr. Emmanuel Jean Francois, Associate Professor, Educational Studies
- Dr. Mike Kopish, Associate Professor, Teacher Education
- Dr. Dwan Robinson, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Educational Studies (Moderator)
- Dr. Sara Helfrich, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (Convener)
The Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn series launched with Immigrant Experiences: Families, Careers, and Communities from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Please complete the post-session evaluation to help us improve the series.
What do we NOT know about immigration that we should know? This session will provide a lively discussion of this increasingly important issue, including information we can take-away to improve immigration challenges on university campuses and communities. Panelists will tell their stories and provide concrete examples that will inform our own institutional and community policies and practices.
Dr. Ashley Allanson, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
Ms. Gabriela Castañeda-Gleason, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Linguistics
Mr. Papa Kwabena Owusu-Kwarteng, Service Owner, Learning Spaces, Information Technology
Dr. Gabriela Popa, Associate Professor, Physics, Ohio University Zanesville
Dr. Greg Kessler, Professor, Educational Studies (Moderator)
Dr. Beth Vanderveer, Associate Professor, Human and Consumer Sciences (Convener)
If you are unable to attend the live session, recordings will be available from this page and The Patton College YouTube channel.