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Faculty Presenting at Conferences

Dr. Togo Malm, Dr. Sylvester Lamin, and Dr. Consoler Teboh were invited to attend and present at the 5th Annual International Strangers in New Homelands Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada from November 1-2, 2012. This conference explores the concept of "home" as defined by Immigrants and Refugees as they move into new settlements.  The conference is attended by Scholars from around the world, Students, Government official, Policy Makers, Practitioners and Community Members.  The conference creates opportunities for exchanging of ideas essential for those who design and implement immigration and refugee policies and settlement programs as well as for practitioners who provide services to these populations.

Dr. Togo Malm, Dr. Teboh and Dr. Sylvester Lamin presentation titled "Unmasking the Hidden identity of Elderly African immigrants behind the African-American Identity Mask in the United States" looked at the misrepresentation of African Immigrants from the African American population, and how this misrepresentation significantly compromises the quality of settlement and integration services the African Immigrants receive from mainstream social service providers.  The presentation also included a practice guide for social service practitioners working with elderly African immigrants in the United States.

Dr. Togo Malm also presented another presentation with Dr. Michael Baffoe, Social Work Faculty at the University of Manitoba entitled   "Unearthing critical issues behind conjugal violence in African Immigrant Communities in North American societies" which discussed an exploratory study that investigated the issues that can potentially increase the potential for domestic violence in African immigrant communities in North America.  The study was done with selected African immigrant communities in Canada and the United States.  It examines the settlement and integration issues that hinder successful integration of new immigrants, especially African immigrants, in Canada and the United States.  The study also explored current social service and legal interventions from mainstream societies that may exacerbate the problems instead of resolving them. 

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