Somali Culture and the Refugee Resettlement Experience

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

4801 Veterans Drive, Building 48 Room 14, Saint Cloud, MN, 56303, United States

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

VA St. Cloud, 4801 Veterans Drive, Saint Cloud, MN, 56303, United States.

This session will explore Somali Culture and the Refugee Resettlement Experience. Participants will learn about aspects of Somali culture, including Somalia, family and relationships, language, religion, and Somali refugees from the personal lens of the Director of Refugee Services from Lutheran Social Service of MN, who came to Minnesota as a refugee resettled to Pelican Rapids. Mr. Abdi will offer participants opportunities to reflect on their own understandings and will highlight some of the common norms and experiences for many Somalis now residing in Minnesota. Participants will also learn about the global context of refugee resettlement, and its impact on refugees as they experience the formal process of refugee resettlement into the United States. This will include a brief overview of the global refugee crisis, then look more closely at the experience of resettlement itself, including the Triple Trauma Paradigm, the emotional phases of resettlement, and services available for those with refugee status.

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Yusuf Abdi
Senior Director of Refugee Services for Lutheran Social Services of MN

He oversees operations for LSS Refugee Services and provides overall leadership for the development, direction and integration of refugee services to meet the needs of refugees and the communities in which they settle in Minnesota. Yusuf has been affiliated with LSS since 2000, when his family received assistance to resettle in Pelican Rapids. Yusuf is a graduate of North Dakota State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science minor.

About Yusuf Abdi

Senior Director of Refugee Services for Lutheran Social Services of MN
Karin Blythe
St. Cloud Refugee Services Program Manage for Lutheran Social Service of MN

Karin has a Masters degree from Columbia University Teachers College in International Education Development, with an emphasis in International Humanitarian Issues, as well as a Masters degree in Religion. She directly assists refugee families to increase their self-sufficiency through education, access to local services, and tools to overcome barriers.

About Karin Blythe

St. Cloud Refugee Services Program Manage for Lutheran Social Service of MN