Our City of Nations 2020
November 12-13, 2020
"On Common Ground: Becoming Together with Refugees and Immigrants"
This 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).