DCP: conference 2

October 23, 2014 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Sponsored by the  Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Due to overwhelming response, registration is now closed.
A free, one-day symposium bringing together the most innovative minds in the field of cross-cultural communication - national academic thinkers, researchers, and leaders in the ethnic media - who will join in conversation with advocates and leaders from the distinct ethnic, immigrant and refugee communities that comprise a large and growing percentage of Connecticutís population. In addition to learning about how new research can be applied to the work currently being done, we will introduce non-traditional outreach strategies that have been used successfully. To overcome the unique challenges of working with, and empowering, ethnic, immigrant and refugee communities we need to listen differently, and adopt not only new practices, but a new attitude.

Symposium Synopsis:

Throughout the country, the rapid influx and the dramatic diversity of immigrants and refugees have changed the landscape of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas. Support systems that have historically been effective are often overburdened and slow to respond to this unprecedented change in local demographics. Likewise, the effectiveness of traditional methods of service provision, integration strategies and outreach efforts are being challenged.

Building on, and going beyond, the notion of multiculturalism and cultural diversity, this symposium will challenge the assumptions and current practices that often lead to communication strategies that treat distinct communities as monolithic groups that are capable of being served and influenced through traditional outreach strategies. We will present new ways of looking at the important work of cross-cultural communication and provide tools and techniques for outreach that are proven effective and that will enable participants to develop better-informed and more effective strategies for providing services to, and communicating with, marginalized communities. The panels will introduce and examine the distinct characteristics of these communities that require specialized approaches, as well as the role of the ethnic media, storytelling and other art forms, recognizing cultural bias, civic engagement, and the role of cultural brokers, intermediaries and influencers.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone needing to communicate with distinct ethnic, immigrant and refugee communities in any capacity - nonprofit and community based organizations serving these communities, state agencies, faith-based organizations, town and city officials, public libraries, academic and research staff, law enforcement, medical providers, social workers, community organizers, and members of the many ethnic, immigrant and refugee communities in the state.

Symposium Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
     Registration / Continental Breakfast 
9:00 a.m.   Welcome
    William M. Rubenstein, Commissioner, Dept. of Consumer Protection
    Governor Dannell P. Malloy (invited)
9:20 a.m. What brings us here?
    Michelle H. Seagull, Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Protection
    Catherine Blinder -- Chief Education & Outreach Officer, Dept. of Consumer Protection
9:30 a.m.    Keynote Speech -- Sandy Close, Executive Director, New American Media
9:45 a.m.
Panel - Know Your Audience?
    Moderator: Lucy Nalpathanchil
    Seth Hannah, MA Institute of Technology, Anthropology Program
    Jennifer Leach, Community Ed. Specialist, Federal Trade Commission
    Kien Lee, Vice-President, Community Science
    Jann Murray-Garcia, University of Southern California, School of Medicine
11:00 - 11:15 p.m.   Morning Break
11:15 a.m.  
Panel - Brokers, Intermediaries & Influencers
    Moderator: Homa Naficy
    Janet Bauer, Trinity College, International Studies
    Vikki Katz, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information
    Rachel Peric, Deputy Director, Welcoming America
    Abigail Williamson, Trinity College, Political Science
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Lunch
    Welcome -- Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
1:30 p.m.
Panel - Ethnic Media: Front and Center
    Moderator: John Dankosky
    Sandy Close, Executive Director, New America Media 
    Jehangir Khattak, Communications Director, City University Graduate School of Journalismís Center
     for Community Ethnic Media
     Matthew Matsaganis, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, SUNY Albany    
     Hussien Mohamed, Sagal Radio
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:00 p.m.
Panel - The Power of Storytelling
    Moderator: Kristina Newman-Scott
    Keiron Bone, Welcoming America
    Lauren Burke, Executive Director, Atlas: DIY
    Jack Doppelt, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
    Carmen Gonzalez, Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks



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