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The Freedom and Security of Refugees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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February 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EST

Breakout session attendance is reserved for W&J students, faculty and staff only. Session links can be found on MyW&J.

The Symposium topic for this year involves the collision of freedom and security, two rights which refugees often grapple with obtaining and maintaining as they seek asylum. As COVID-19 has shaken the world and exploited the flaws in many government systems, news coverages has neglected the dire conditions that many displaced people and refugees have accepted as their new reality; little if no access to pay, dangerous levels of overcrowding, and scarce access to healthcare. Through a partnership with NaTakallam, a non-profit organization that empowers refugees to share their stories with audiences, this proposed presentation will feature a refugee guest speaker from Latin America who will speak about their experience as a marginalized member of society and about how they view sacrificing some freedoms due to COVID-19 health regulations. Attendees will not only be presented with the opportunity to increase their global and intercultural awareness, but will also have the chance to speak and interact with a Spanish-speaking refugee.

Organized by H.J. Manzari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish, Spanish Coordinator, Director of Latin American Studies; Kellin Cavanaugh, ABD; and Clara Sherwood ’22.


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