Mentoring refugees: Assisting with resettlement in Anchorage

2012-12-07 by News, Sports, and Art

Nathan Welker is a UAA student who has served as a volunteer mentor for the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) program, offered by Catholic Social Services here in Anchorage.

Several mentors share their experiences in volunteering with the RAIS program. Family mentors have volunteer agreements for a minimum of six months and a wealth of new experiences and new cultural understandings for themselves!

Welker began as a family mentor as a capstone experience in the Civic Engagement Certificate program and following an internship in Senegal. He created this panel presentation as a part of his capstone course.

This podcast was recorded Dec. 3, 2012 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.

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For More Information:

Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services
UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning

Refugees and immigrants in Anchorage

2011-11-29 by

Learn the current status of refugees and immigrants in Alaska by listening to this panel, moderated by Judith Owens-Manley, director of UAA’s Center for Community Engagement and Learning. The panel includes Karen Ferguson, director of the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Service; Catherine Sullivan, a UAA professor of nursing involved with refugee programs; and Robin Bronen, founder of the Alaska Immigration Justice Project. This event was part of the CCEL’s Engage Week 2011.

This podcast was recorded Oct. 20, 2011 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.

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For More Information:

Karen Ferguson, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Service
Refugee assistance through Catholic Social Services
Robin Bronen, Alaska Immigration Justice Project
Dedicated to protecting the human rights of immigrants and refugees
Catherine Sullivan, UAA School of Nursing
Bio page
Judith Owens-Manley, CCEL
UAA Community Engagement and Learning website