2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is excited to announce a great opportunity for resettled refugees, migrants, and Lutheran allies from across the country to participate in our 2015 Migrant & Refugee Leadership Academy in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC from June 16-18.

This will be the third annual Academy for LIRS, one that marks an important expansion to include migrant leaders for the first time. Migrant and refugee leaders will have the opportunity to come together to share experiences, connect and hone the skills necessary to co-advocate on issues of importance to both communities.

The Academy will equip participants with legislative advocacy and leadership enrichment training to become strong advocates for migrant and refugee issues. Participants are expected to take the experience back to their communities to mobilize and engage in sustained advocacy for creating more welcoming communities.

The Academy includes the following events:

  • Day 1 – Introduction to LIRS and Legislative Advocacy Training: participants will have the opportunity to network and be introduced to the work of LIRS. Much of the day will be spent honing their legislative advocacy skill and learning about advocacy issues and key asks for their Lobby Day Hill visits.
  • Day 2 – Lobby Day Visit: participants will visit members of Congress to share their stories and advocate for issues affecting refugees and receiving communities. The day will end with a social evening of dance and talent show.
  • Day 3 – Leadership Development and Community Action Plans: participants will hone their leadership skill for community organizing and begin the process of developing strategic action plans to take the experience back to their communities.

Our goal for the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy is to lift up the voices of all migrants and refugees and empower them to become strong advocate for issues of importance to their communities.

Please feel free to contact Janelle Fenyes at JFenyes@lirs.org if you have any follow up questions about the event or the application process.

All press inquiries should be directed to Miji Bell at MBell@lirs.org. Our press release for the event can be viewed here.

Are you attending this year’s Academy? Click here for a library of documents and resources to help you prepare for the event.

 

The 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy is generously supported by the following sponsors:

 

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Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy Participants:

academy_01Nur Abdi
Clarkston, GA
Somalia
academy_02Adil Abdulhassan
Sioux Falls, SD
Iraq
academy_03Jhuma Acharya
Columbus, OH
Bhutan
academy_04Subash Acharya
Concord, NH
Bhutan
academy_05Mayom Achuk
Silver Spring, MD
South Sudan
academy_06Omar Al-Fayyadh
Louisville, KY
Middle East
academy_07Abdalhamid Ali
Baltimore, MD
Sudan
academy_08Riyadh Ali
Richmond, VA
Iraq
academy_09Seleshi Ayalew
Columbus, OH
Ethiopia
academy_10Myo Chit Aye
Dallas, TX
Burma
 Safari_288Safari Bahanuzi
Chicago, IL
Sudan
academy_12Walter Baires
Milwaukee, WI
El Salvador
academy_13Jean Pierre Balikunkiko
Midlothian, VA
Burundi
academy_14Irma Banoles
Garland, TX
academy_15Som Baral
Aurora, CO
Bhutan
academy_16Aline Binyungu Nzigire
Providence, RI
Sudan
academy_17Tony Boos
Troy, MI
Honduras
academy_18Manuel Caceres
Joppa, MD
El Salvador
academy_19Dinesh Chauwan
Concord, NH
academy_20Rukmini Chhetri
Portland, OR
Bhutan
academy_21Eka Chibasa
Tucson, AZ
Sudan
academy_22Saurav Dahal
Fargo, ND
Bhutan
academy_23Tika Dhungana
Harrisburg, PA
Bhutan
academy_24Deo Dhungel
Aurora, CO
Bhutan
academy_25Tabisa Nyawargak Domach
Phoenix, AZ
Sudan
academy_26Jesus Escamilla
Alvarado, TX
academy_27Elvis Garcia
Astoria, NY
academy_28Newton Gborway
Salt Lake City, UT
Liberia
academy_29Ernestine Greaves
Prospect Park, PA
academy_30Falastin Hassan
Minneapolis, MN
Somalia
academy_31Maryam Hassoon
Portland, ME
Iraq
academy_32Tha Dah Hser
Kent, WA
Burma
academy_33Ser Ehdoh Htoo
Salt Lake City, UT
Burma
academy_34Abraham Ikando
Lexington, KY
Sudan
academy_35Yussuf Issak
Huron, SD
Kenya
academy_36Vung It
Seattle, WA
Burma
academy_37Emmanuel Jackson
Katy, TX
Liberia
academy_38Safiqullah Jahish
Omaha, NE
Afghanistan
academy_39Gerry Johnson
Fairfax, VA
USA
academy_40Andre Kayisabe
Salt Lake City, UT
Sudan
academy_41Essam Khader
Richardson, TX
Iraq
academy_42Gita Khanal
Concord, NH
Bhutan
academy_43Haval Khidher
Houston, TX
Kurdish
academy_44Eugene Kiruhura
Des Moines, IA
Sudan
academy_45Hari Koirala
Salt Lake City, UT
Bhutan
academy_46Sunday Kuany
Lincoln, NE
South Sudan
academy_47Patrick Lisala
Albuquerque, NM
Sudan
academy_48Antonio Lopez
Los Angeles, CA
academy_49Dieudonne Manirakiza
Omaha, NE
Burundi
academy_50Rehani Mbula
San Antonio, TX
Sudan
academy_51Uma Mishra
Chicago, IL
Bhutan
academy_52Tej Mishra
Boston, MA
Bhutan
academy_53Sowdo Mohamud
Columbus, OH
Somalia
academy_54Ku Moo
Des Moines, IA
Burma
FeyFeyMoussouFerdinand Fey Mousoou
Fort Wayne, IN
Senegal
academy_56Benjamin Munanira
Des Moines, IA
Congo
academy_57Guylain Mutara
Portland, OR
Congo
academy_58Charnelle Ngonzo
San Jose, CA
Congo
academy_59S. Nzabonimpa
Louisville, KY
Congo
Pungu_288Pungu Okito
Logan, UT
Congo
academy_61Maria Sandoval Pinchacho
Vancouver, WA
Mexico
HariPyakurelHari Pyakurel
Columbus, OH
Bhutan
academy_63Jiden Rai
Denver, CO
Bhutan
academy_64Sergio Ramirez
Austin, TX
Mexico
academy_65Martha Rodriguez
Centerville, OH
Colombia
academy_66Christine Ross
Omaha, NE
South Sudan
academy_67M. Rostomo
Greensboro, NC
Syria
academy_68Felicia Russell
Thousand Oaks, CA
Jamaica
academy_69Marta Salazar
South Gate, CA
academy_70Kyaw Sann
Fort Wayne, IN
Burma
academy_71Hari Sharma
Concord, NH
Bhutan
academy_72Jay Sharma
Concord, NH
Bhutan
academy_73Motassim Sorkaty
Minneapolis, MN
Sudan
academy_74Harka Subba
Fargo, ND
Bhutan
academy_75Khina Subedi
Lancaster, PA
Bhutan
academy_76Ferdinand Swedi
Santa Clara, CA
Congo
academy_77Lamin Tamang
Buffalo, NY
Bhutan
academy_78Jester Thakolo
Omaha, NE
Burma
academy_79Indira Timsina
Tucker, GA
Bhutan
academy_80Leela Timsina
Aurora, CO
Bhutan
academy_81Moacir Weirich
Newark, NJ
Brazil
academy_82Tesform Weldai
Seattle, WA
Eritrea
MikeWilkerRev. Mike Wilker
Washington, VA
USA