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Keeping Our Door Open Symposium

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kaci Clayton
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One of over 20 speakers at this week's symposium, Keeping Our Door Open, was NASW member Dr. Christine Sauve. Dr. Sauve, Director of Welcoming Michigan, gave a presentation centered on welcoming initiatives. In this session, she highlighted two of the best ways to alleviate the anxieties that members of a receiving community may feel toward immigrants and/or refugees moving into their community. These strategies include intergroup activity and indirect/extended contact.

Dr. Sauve explained that intergroup activities can takes many forms, including education and trainings, storytelling events, arts and cultural events, and events involving food and meal-sharing. Indirect/extended contact includes seeing or hearing about these types of events from those who attended them. All of these types of events and communications work to complicate the current narratives of fear and mistrust and create new narratives of community and relationships that can build a new and stronger culture of welcome.


Keeping Our Door Open was presented by the University of Michigan School of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Medicine, University of Michigan Office of Research, and Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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