13th Annual Summit on Transforming Learning: Breakout Sessions

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lunch Breakout Sessions: 12:15-1:30 p.m.

A). The True Face of Immigration: Stories from DACAmented Rollins Students
 Alejandra Salinas and Ivis Rodriguez 
Location: Galloway Room
Description: This session will be a highly interactive exploration into the realities of the Immigration system. The main topics will be Residency, Citizenship, and DACA. The facilitators will provide information about how the Immigration System works and why it is much more complex than just “waiting in line.” Participants will be broken into groups to play a game where they are given different scenarios to work through. They will have to determine what options, if any, are available for the people mentioned in the scenario. To finish, participants will play another quiz like game using actual questions from the Citizenship Interview to see how much US History, Geography, and Civics they actually know and if they would be able to pass and “become citizens.”

B). Journey to the U.S: Voices of Rollins Students Crossing Borders
Jenifer Ruby and Elisa Rodrigues (International Student and Scholars Services) and Rollins International Students
Faculty Club
Learn from a group of international students about their journey to the U.S., cultural adjustment experiences, and challenges faced.  Studying in the U.S. requires special attention and effort to navigate a new education system, language, and complicated immigration responsibilities.  Many international students hope to gain meaningful professional experience or have a long-term career in the U.S.  Strict immigration regulations on employment and pending changes to law present many challenges in planning their futures.  International students bring a variety of worldviews and perspectives to our community.  Learning about their experiences enhances our global views and builds empathy.

C). Fulbright and Rollins College: A Powerful Partnerships in Global Citizenship
Presenters: Dr. Nancy Decker (Modern Languages). Dr. Jayashree Shivamoggi, (External and Competitive Scholarships), Terumi Rafferty-Osaki (External And Competitive Scholarships), and Kenther Ramos (Rollins Alum and Fulbright UK Recipient) 
Location: Bush 176
Description: In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the 'promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science. The Fulbright Program sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department in State is currently deployed in 140 nations. This panel will explore how Rollins College serves in the vision of Senator Fulbright through numerous scholarships and the intricate connections made by these cross-cultural experiences.

Breakout Sessions #1: 1:45pm-2:30pm

Crossing Borders Through Art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Presenter: Elizabeth Coulter (Cornell Fine Arts Museum)
Description: Join Cornell Fine Arts Museum Dale Montgomery Fellow, Elizabeth Coulter, to explore the themes of the Summit through the work in the Museum’s collection. The breakout session will include a tour of works on view in the permanent collection gallery, Ruptures and Remnants, as well as select works pulled from the vault to view in the print study room. Through the works, visitors will consider the lived experiences of immigrants and contemplate the upsetting and resilient aspects of their stories. The tour will include works by artists Ramiro Gomez, Shirin Neshat, and more. After the tour, participants will engage in discussion guided by a series of overarching questions about the complexities of the movement of individuals and communities. How do contemporary artists and visual culture impact how audiences engage with topics of immigration? In what ways can the Museum help inform the campus and greater community on immigration and refugees?

B). Be the Change: Social Justice and International Service
Dr. Margaret McLaren (Philosophy) and Dr. Arun Gandhi (faculty scholar) and Rollins students
Bush 176
Description: Our panel session relates to the third theme, Integration of Globalization into the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum and focuses on why and how international service learning is valuable, and how it connects to Rollins’ mission.  All of the students on the panel participated in a service-learning course to India which was a partnership between the Gandhi Legacy Tour and Rollins.  Dr. Arun Gandhi has longstanding and ongoing relationships with several non-profits that work with disadvantaged populations.  One of the most impactful of these is Avani, an organization that provides services-- including education, medical care, and housing--to migrant workers and their children in India.   Dr. McLaren will discuss developing students’ cultural competency.  Dr. Gandhi will discuss the work of Avani.  Each student will discuss her experience interacting with social justice organizations on the India trip, addressing questions such as: What impacted them most?  And, were they changed by the experience?

C). Immigration in a Nutshell
Presenters: Ana Ortiz (Rollins student) and fellow Rollins students.
Location: Crummer 107
Description: Immigration in a Nutshell seeks to inform people attending the summit on various issues pertaining to immigration, more specifically, the criminalization of immigrants/immigration and DACA. This presentation aims to put resources in the hands of the audience to empower people with the knowledge beyond the walls of Rollins that they can take anywhere and share with others the resources that we are linking them to.

D). Refugees Eat Peanut Butter? Embodied Experience as Pedagogy in Two Case Studies
Presenters: Dr. Hilary Cooperman (Theater Department) and students from MM302-1 Refugees of the Middle East Performance Lab (Fall 2017) and MM200A1 Peacebuilding Through Theater (Fall 2017)
Location: Bieberbach-Reed
Description: This session offers two student performances from two different courses offered within the rFLA program, and looks at the way embodied learning may be used to understand the complexities of refugee experience. The first performance is an adaptation of a selection from the ethnography, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: A View from Syria, by Wendy Pearlman. The second performance is a student-written piece, on the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. The discussion following these performances will focus on the pedagogical processes of facilitating embodied learning about refugee and migrant experiences and the rich empathy and insight that comes from doing so.

E). Student Engagement and Activism: Transformational Experiences in International Immersion and Service
Presenters: Dr. Rachel Newcomb (Anthropology) with Rollins Students Ellie Rushing and SJ Renfroe 

Location: Bush 201
Description: This panel explores the impact of community based and experiential learning on the Rollins community. Panelists share their experiences of working with undocumented migrants in the summer collaborative research scholarship program and with Rwandans on a community garden. We ask how this type of work continues to impact students, community partners, and the broader Rollins community after students return to campus. As students gain a better understanding of the structural forces that contribute to both privilege and poverty, how can we best use these experiences to work toward wider societal transformations?

Breakout Sessions #2: 2:40 - 3:25 p.m.

A). Transnational Adoption and the Implications for Crossing Borders  
Presenter: Mary Robinson (International Programs Office) 

Location: Bush 202
Description: This informative session will highlight the global problems impacting transnational, or international, adoption as it relates to crossing borders. Specifically:
•        The finalization of immigration/citizenship status of transnational adoptees is crucial to their future and lack of it creates dire consequences. For example, approximately 30,000 Korean adoptees (the largest transnational adoptee group in history) lack citizenship in their adopted and birth country placing them in a limbo difficult to escape.
•        The worldwide refugee situation caused by multiple and simultaneous military campaigns has created a ripe and vulnerable population of children exposed to human trafficking through unscrupulous and greedy “orphanages and adoption agencies” reaping considerable profits.
•        Cultural competence and modeling of and by adoptive parents, and exposure to cultural mirrors and communities for transnational adoptees directly impacts their sense of self and identity in a positive way. Conversely, not having them can create crises throughout the adoptee’s identity development that manifest in both positive and negative ways.
B). Refugee in Residence: Every Campus A Refuge

Presenters: Dylan Allen (Americorps VISTA) in partnership with the Heart of Florida United Way and Catholic Charities of Central Florida

Location: Crummer 208
Description: What does it mean to be a refugee and what drives entire communities from their homes? Why are United States citizens who evacuated from Puerto Rico not considered refugees? What should we do? What can we do? Universities across the country are tangoing with growing demand to help during the largest refugee crisis since the World Wars. Guilford College in North Carolina has a plan (that Rollins College is a part of) and presented it to the United Nations in January for their insight. Learn how poverty, environmental impact, natural disaster, and political unrest contribute to the displacement of people on an epic scale.
C). Playback Theatre: Honoring Refugee and Migrant Stories within our Rollins Community 

Presenters: Dr. Hilary Cooperman (Theater Department), Mitra Martin (Guest Artist from Oxygen Tango, Los Angeles) and students from MM302-1 Refugees of the Middle East Performance Lab (Spring 2018 class) 

Location: Bieberbach-Reed
Description: This session utilizes a form of interactive theater called Playback Theater, created by drama practitioners, Jo Salas and Jonathan Fox, which provides a space for those who are or who have been refugees or migrants to share their stories, and for others to listen and learn from their narratives and knowledge. We particularly invite members of the Rollins community who are or who have been refugees or migrants to share their stories with an assembled audience. Then, students from MM302-1 Refugees of the Middle East Performance Lab course will re-enact those stories. A talk-back discussion will follow the dramatizations to discuss the Playback approach and its overall usefulness in and outside of the classroom.

D). Borderlands in Limbo: the Destructiveness of the Wall
Presenter: Dr. Joan Davison (Political Science)
Location: Bush 201
Description: This session explains and discusses the legal and personal complications of walling for borderland communities, indigenous peoples, sanctuary jurisdictions, and the environment.


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