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Saturday, February 27 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Keynote: Welcoming Washington: How ESL programs serve as a key strategy to support integration and belonging

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Washington state has a long legacy of welcoming people from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. Since 1979, more than 140,000 people have resettled in Washington’s local communities through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Supporting the integration of newcomers involves many different members of our communities, and English as a Second Language Programs play a critical role in helping people to learn English, to build a community, and to gain important knowledge and information needed for people to rebuild their lives. Join me in discussing how Washington can continue to be a welcoming place through policy changes and a pandemic, and the role that ESL programs play in these efforts.

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Sarah Peterson

WA State Refugee Coordinator, Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, DSHS
Sarah Peterson is the Washington State Refugee Coordinator and oversees the Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA). Before taking on this role in 2014, Sarah spent 15 years working with refugee and immigrant communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sarah attributes... Read More →

Saturday February 27, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm PST
Riverfront Park Room