Register: PHENND Conference: Refugee Resettlement & Immigration – Mar 24

Posted by PHENND on January 17, 2023

Register now for the 2023 Annual PHENND Conference!

Back in person after a two-year hiatus!

Friday, March 24, 2023
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Swarthmore College

The PHENND Conference is an annual gathering for practitioners of campus-community partnership. This year, the theme is Refuge Resettlement & Immigration.

This gathering will be attended by 100-125 students, campus staff, faculty, and community organization staff active in community service, service-learning, and campus-community partnership work. While primarily targeting individuals who are part of the 25+ colleges and universities involved in the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), this event is also open nationally to practitioners of campus-community partnership.

Register here on Eventbrite.

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Diya Abdo, founder of Every Campus A Refuge, will be the keynote speakers. She is also the Lincoln Financial Professor of English in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College. Her book, American Refuge: True Stories of the Refugee Experience, was published in September 2022.

Opening Panel: Immigration in a Suburban Context

  • Obed Arango, Executive Director, Centro de Cultura Arte Trabajo y Educación
  • Jennifer Joseph, Juvenile Law Center
  • Inder Bains, Emergency Management Services, County of Delaware
  • Portia Kamara, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Multicultural Community Family Services
  • Moderator: Lauren Footman, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, County of Delaware


The agenda is still being finalized but here is a sampling of the workshops that will be offered throughout the day. There will be three times for concurrent workshop offerings — one in the morning and two in the afternoon.

  • Guide to Student-Led Refugee Resettlement on College Campuses (Lafayette College)
  • Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Students’ College Access and Success through Welcoming Practices and Community Mentoring (HIAS PA)
  • From Sanctuary to Stability: What’s Next? (Swarthmore College)
  • Housing Refugees: A Community Effort (Nationalities Service Center)
  • Strategies for Meaning Engagement of Students in Advocacy for Immigrant Communities (Cabrini University)
  • Higher Education: Preparing Migrants and Refugees for Legal Empowerment Careers (Villanova University)
  • Sustainable Refugee Service Facilitated by Community Partnerships (Villanova University)
  • Perceived Supports and Barriers to Retention and Degree Completion for Hispanic Undergraduates (Cabrini University)
  • Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Academy (City of Philadelphia)
  • Creating Welcoming Campus Communities: Empowering Refugee Students (Community Sponsorship Hub)
  • We Are in This Together: Navigating Trauma with Newly Arrived Refugees (Nationalities Service Center)

Register here on Eventbrite.  Scholarships are available. If you need a scholarship to attend, please email Hillary Kane at [email protected].


A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn at Swarthmore, located directly on Swarthmore’s campus. Rooms for Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th will be $159/night plus tax. To reserve a room in the block, call the Inn at Swarthmore and ask for the “PHENND Room Block.” Please book rooms by February 23rd to take advantage of this discounted rate.

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