State of Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon:

Seeking a Just and Inclusive Future

January 28, 2023

Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Terrell Hall Building

  • Doors Open, Registration, and Coffee

9:10 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome and Review of Conference Agenda
    • Introduction: Commissioner Susheela Jayapal and Senator Kayse Jama

10:00 am – 10:15 am

  • Plenary: “Reflections on the Immigrant and Refugee Experience in Oregon”
    • Susheela Jayapal: Multnomah County Commissioner, District 2
    • John Arroyo: Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities and Director, Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice, University of Oregon
    • Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie: Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement, Office of Governor Kate Brown
    • Ricardo Lujan Valerio: State Lobbyist, City of Portland

10:15 am – 11:15 am

  • Break

11:15 am -11:30 am

  • Breakout Sessions
    • Education: Audrey Lucero, Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies Director, Latinx Studies Program, University of Oregon
    • Civic Participation: Jose Melendez, Assistant Professor of Planning, School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, University of Oregon
    • Immigrant/Refugee Integration and Community Action: Lisha Shrestha, Executive Director Division Midway Alliance, Adjunct Instructor/Doctoral Student, School of Social Work and Research, Portland State University
    • Work and Employment: Lynn Stephen, Phillip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology and Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon

11:30 am -1:00 pm

  • Lunch
  • Report Backs from Breakout Sessions

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:40 pm – 2:20 pm

  • Closing Remarks and Next Steps

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm