ECDC’s 27th Annual National Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

A draft schedule is below and will be updated soon


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

TIME Event Title Presenter
7:30-8:30am Check-In and Breakfast
8:30-8:45am Welcoming Remarks
8:45-9:45am Morning Plenary 1
9:45-10:00am Break
10:00-11:15am U.S. Refugee Policy Updates Sarah Cross, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Robin Dunn Marcos, Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement
11:15-11:30am Break
11:30am-12:45pm Concurrent Sessions A Framework for Welcome and Inclusion: Advancing Pro-Refugee Policies at State and Local Levels Balqees Mihirig, Senior Policy Counsel, International Refugee Assistance Project; Kate Brick, Director, Refugee Advocacy Lab
12:45-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-3:00PM Concurrent Sessions Promising Practices for Using The Road Ahead: Practical Technical Assistance and Knowledge Exchange Ella Fowler, Senior Program Officer, CORE
Concurrent Sessions Operating a Micro-lending Program to Realize Immigrants’ Dreams Abnet Tessema, Database Developer, Enterprise Development Group
Concurrent Sessions Integration Outcomes for Forcibly Displaced Persons and Self-Assessing Integration Emily Wood, Program Officer, Refugee Council USA; Nili Yossinger, Executive Director, Refugee Congress
Concurrent Sessions Empowering Deaf Refugees: Best Practices in Support and Inclusion Diana Pryntz, Executive Director, Deaf Refugee Advocacy
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:30pm Afternoon Plenary
4:30-4:45pm Break
4:45-6:00pm Concurrent Sessions "Thinking Outside of the Box": Where and How to Find a New Box Refugee Housing Solutions
Concurrent Sessions Home Away from Home: Innovations in Refugee Healthcare Delivery through Home-Visiting Care Models.” Gavin Truong, Assisant Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine
Concurrent Sessions Transparency and Accountability -A Cornerstone for a Smooth Refugee Resettlement and Integration Drocella Mugorewera, Executive Director, Bridge Refugee Services


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

TIME Event Title Presenter
7:30-8:30am Check-In and Breakfast
8:30-10:00am Morning Plenary Domestic Refugee Programming: Perspectives from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and State Refugee Coordinators
10:00-10:20am Break
10:20-11:50am Concurrent Sessions From Marginalization to Inclusion: Refugee Resettlement Quality Matters the Most Heleena Kakar, Integration Program Manager, ECDC-ACC Denver
Welcome Corps on Campus: "The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, Community Integration, and Sponsorship" Olivia Issa, Program Lead, National Association of Higher Education Systems (NASH); Dawood Mayom, Program Officer, Welcome Corps on Campus; Noor Ghazi, Director of the University Sponsorship Program, Every Campus a Refugee; Jawad Hosseini, Executive Director, No Lost Generation at Mason, George Mason University; Christina Kilby, Associate Professor, James Madison University
11:50am-1:05pm Lunch
1:05-2:35pm Concurrent Sessions The Importance of Storytelling in Refugee Resettlement Aisha White, Associate Director of Immigration Services, Nashville International Center for Empowerment; Annie Brzezinski, Communications Coordinator, Nashville International Center for Empowerment
An Overview of the Community Counseling Center at the Refugee & Assistance Center (RIAC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Alisa Miller, Clinical Supervisor, Community Counseling Center, RIAC; Naima Agalab, Director of Social Services, RIAC
Introduction to the Welcome Corps Program Isil Alexader, Associate Director of Processing, Community Sponsorship Hub; Samuel Heptig, Program Officer for Oversight and Support, Community Sponsorship Hub
2:35-3:00pm Break 
3:00-4:00pm Afternoon Plenary Funding for US Resettlement Capacity, Resiliency, and Growth: Perspectives from Stakeholders Ron Buzard, Executive Director, ECDC-ACC Denver; Malaak Malikyar Sills, Sills Family Foundation
4:00-4:15pm Closing Remarks