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Saturday, February 27

9:15am PST

Keynote: The Promise of Interfaith Dialogue in the ESL Classroom and Beyond
Intolerance, hatred, and violence against religions have been on the rise in the US and worldwide. Education is the most powerful antidote to religious intolerance. In order to create a more just and tolerant society, students need to learn about different religious traditions and interact with people of various faiths. Interfaith dialogue seems particularly difficult in a time when white Christian nationalism is on the rise. However, as this presentation demonstrates, interfaith dialogue provides tools for peace- and bridge-building that seem particularly important in our present moment.

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Gregor Thuswaldner, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University
Gregor Thuswaldner (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined Whitworth University as Provost and Executive Vice President at Whitworth University in July 2020. From 2016 to 2020, he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities as well as Acting... Read More →

Saturday February 27, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am PST
Riverfront Park Room

1:00pm PST

Keynote: Welcoming Washington: How ESL programs serve as a key strategy to support integration and belonging
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

Washington State Refugee Coordinator, Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance
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
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