Becker College to co-host “Globalization of Worcester” symposium on April 22

Published on Monday, April 21st, 2014

On Tuesday evening, April 22, Becker College will co-host a symposium entitled “The Globalization of Worcester: Enrichment, Challenge, and Opportunity for our Immigrants.”

The Globalization of WorcesterKnown as the “heart of the Commonwealth,” Worcester is home to a strong immigrant population whose diversity enriches our city in many ways. Yet, the challenges our immigrants face can be overlooked or not fully understood.  This symposium, which is sponsored by the Center for Family Progress, Becker College, and Seven Hills Global Outreach, is meant to raise awareness about our city’s immigrant population and to explore ways in which we can commit to their social, educational, and economic well-being.

“The Center for Global Citizenship at Becker College is proud and honored to co-host this symposium,” said Rev. Debra Pallato-Fontaine, Ph.D., Becker College professor of teacher education and family studies and the faculty coordinator for global citizenship. “The topic of including and celebrating the diversity of immigrants in our region aligns so well with Becker’s core values of social responsibility and community, and in our commitment to empowering all individuals.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to bring together community members and organizations to honor and appreciate the strengths and benefits that refugees and immigrants bring to central Massachusetts,” said Ashley Emerson Gilbert, director of Seven Hills Global Outreach. “We must also acknowledge the great challenges that they face and support them in reaching their highest degree of independence and well-being, which is a core value of Seven Hills Global Outreach.”

The program will feature remarks from key community leaders as well as credible and moving stories of success from some of Worcester’s immigrants. Speakers include: 

  • Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., Becker College President
  • David Jordan, DHA, MPA, President and CEO, Seven Hills Foundation
  • John K. Amoah, D.Min., Ministerial and Evangelism Director, Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Samuel N.K. Duodu, Founder, President, and CEO, Center for Family Progress
  • Anita Fábos, Ph.D., Clark University
  • Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Worcester City Manager
  • Dan Donahue, State Representative, 16th Worcester District
  • Sarai Rivera, D.Min., Worcester City Councilor, District Four 

The event will take place from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the Becker College Center for Global Citizenship, 44 West Street, Worcester.  Prior to the symposium, a reception will take place from 5 – 5:30 p.m., featuring refreshments, Refugee Artisans of Worcester, and coppersmith Bego Saracevic. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event and registration page.