While the pandemic created many challenges across our communities and multidisciplinary fields, it also offered opportunities to adapt, engage in new ways, and build on the strengths of refugee and immigrant communities and their partners. We came together on November 12th, 2021, for a half-day virtual symposium to talk about what we've learned and our path forward in an ever-changing landscape. Let us share how we have built and continue to build stronger networked, services, and communities and where we are headed as we walk together. Please join us for OCON5 and the 2022 conference on November 17-18.
Previous Conference Information
Since 2015, this multidisciplinary conference has occurred every 18 months and been organized by a dedicated group of academic, community-based, and governmental stakeholders who are collaborating to make Milwaukee and our State of Wisconsin a more welcoming community for all. Following the inaugural conference, a Consensus statement on best practices for refugee care in Wisconsin was collaboratively written and published.
To understand the refugee resettlement process in Milwaukee, please view this summary (PDF).
The fifth conference in 2021 was held virtually November 12
2021 Conference Summary (PDF) | 2021 Program (PDF)
The fourth conference in 2020 was held virtually November 12-13
2020 Conference Summary (PDF) | 2020 Program (PDF)
The third conference in 2018 was held at Concordia University December 13-14
2018 Conference Summary (PDF) | 2018 Program (PDF)
The second conference in 2017 was held at UW-Milwaukee June 13-14
2017 Conference Summary (PDF) | 2017 Program (PDF)
The inaugural conference in 2015 was held at the Medical College of Wisconsin December 3-4
2015 Conference Summary (PDF) | 2015 Program (PDF)