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Baltimore City Forum 2012

Release date: April 03, 2012

This April, Goucher College will host the Baltimore City Forum, a student-organized series of events that will explore obstacles and issues impacting Baltimore City. The events will span a range of disciplines and will examine topics such as challenges in urban education policy, refugee resettlement, youth detention and reintegration, and the Maryland DREAM Act.

For more information about any of these events, contact Alena Wolflink, SGA vice president for social justice, at alwol002@mail.goucher.edu


Tuesday, April 3

Latino Immigrants in Baltimore

7 p.m., Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House

Representatives from CASA de Maryland will discuss the current situation for members of the Baltimore Latino immigrant community, analyzing their biggest challenges and providing a general overview of the services available to them. This presentation will focus on the Maryland DREAM Act, recent legislation that could drastically affect undocumented immigrants' access to higher education.

CASA de Maryland works with the Baltimore Latino immigrant community to improve their quality of life, to fight for their equal treatment, and to help them gain full access to the resources and opportunities afforded to American citizens.

Wednesday, April 4

Refugees & Resettlement in Baltimore

(a panel discussion and networking event)

Co-hosted by the Iraqi Student Project

7 p.m., Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House

A panel of professionals who are working in refugee resettlement in Baltimore will talk about their experiences and the services available for refugees in urban areas. Afterward, students will be able to network with participants and discuss ways to get involved, through volunteer work and internships. The panel will feature:

  • Christine Gedim, who has served as assistant director for community integration at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service national headquarters in Baltimore for nearly 10 years. She also worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees/Jesuit Refugee Service program in Nairobi, Kenya, for almost nine years. Gedim is the founder of Kare Project Voice - A Lifeline for Women's Development in South Sudan.
  • Holly Leon-Lierman has been working with refugees, asylees, and immigrants for almost eight years. She serves as the communications and outreach manager with the Baltimore Resettlement Center, a public-private project that focuses on providing refugees with a "one-stop shopping" opportunity for much-needed services. The center helps resettle about 500 refugees and asylees each year in central Maryland.
  • Justin Sirois is a Baltimore-based writer whose books include Secondary Sound; MLKNG SCKLS; and Falcons on the Floor, which was written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. He and Alshujairy also run the Understanding Campaign, which provides support to nonprofits and NGOs doing aid work in and for the Middle East, and he co-directs the Narrow House recording project.

Tuesday, April 10

"Waived Up"

5:30 p.m., Kelley Lecture Hall

Jessica Tural, executive director of Hand in Hand Baltimore, will host a screening of the video "Waived Up," a project by some of the organization's youth about the issues and consequences of criminally charging adolescents as adults. The screening will be followed by a discussion of Hand in Hand's programs and a question-and-answer session.

Hand in Hand Baltimore works to reduce juvenile recidivism among youth under 18 who are charged as adults, while providing young people with partnerships to create opportunities for themselves and their families.

Thursday, April 16, through Friday, April 27

Bmore Housing for All Photo Exhibit

Lenrow Gallery, fourth floor of the Athenaeum

This exhibit features the work of photographers from the organization Bmore Housing for All who are experiencing homelessness or who have recently experienced homelessness. The artwork documents some of the issues homeless people face in Baltimore City.

Friday, April 13

Shaping Education Policy in Baltimore

6 p.m., Batza Room, the Athenaeum

A panel of activists and experts working to shape and reshape education in Baltimore will discuss current issues, obstacles, stakeholders, and solutions in urban education policy. The panel will highlight supplemental programming and legal debates in education reform and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Panelists will be:

  • Rob English, lead organizer, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD)
  • Frank Patinella, education advocate, Education Reform Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
  • Karen Webber-Ndour, executive director, student support and safety, Baltimore City Public Schools

Friday, April 27

Social Justice Forum

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., throughout the Athenaeum

The spring Social Justice Forum is now a part of Goucher's annual Student Symposium. During this daylong event, students will share their independent social justice work with the community, raising awareness around a variety of issues and highlighting Goucher's continuing commitment to service and social justice. Each presentation will be 20-30 minutes, followed by a 10- to 15-minute Q&A session.

Come join your peers for a day of snacks, scholarship, and social justice! 

The Baltimore City Forum is sponsored by the SGA Social Justice Committee.