MCW Office of Global Health

Our City of Nations 2020

November 12-13, 2020

"On Common Ground: Becoming Together with Refugees and Immigrants"

Our City of NationsThis fourth multidisciplinary conference offered a variety of topics that addressed issues that refugees and immigrants face as they settle into their new home alongside of us. The conference theme of "On Common Ground: Becoming Together with Refugees and Immigrants" looked at these issues from both the newly arrived and those that have been here for a long time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 OCON conference was held in a virtual format and drew over 240 professionals across academia, public education, behavioral health, social services, government organizations, and corporate partners.

Over 160 students from across the State and across 12 different training programs also participated in a special session. This experience increased their cultural sensitivity as future professionals who will serve the diversity of communities. They received an overview of refugee resettlement in the US, an introduction to cultural humility, and a look at the history of refugee populations in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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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 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)


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Financial and in-kind support from the Our City of Nation's co-sponsors validates this conference's intent and are our partners in ensuring it is accessible and equitable. We sincerely thank them for their long-term support especially Mount Mary University Master of Science in Professional Counseling and the Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Continuing Professional Education for providing credit for continuing education.