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Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn Spring 2021 Series

Global Issues on Immigration

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

Honoring the Experiences of Immigrant Populations in Research and Scholarship flyer

The Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn continues with Honoring the Experiences of Immigrant Populations in Research and Scholarship from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Click here to join the session on Microsoft Teams | Please complete the post-session evaluation to help us improve the series

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.


Panel Presenters:

  • 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)

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the importance of building trust between researchers and participants
  • Understand the importance of bringing immigrants’ experiences to the foreground 
  • Begin to understand various types of research designs used in this type of work, such as participatory action research and micro-ethnographic/discourse analysis, and why they are appropriate 
  • Enjoy a discussion of theoretical frameworks that can help us think about immigrant-focused research (e.g., transformative theories, critical theories, Freire, Gee) 

Global Issues on Immigration - February 8, 2021



The Global Issues on Immigration Munch and Learn series will launch 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.