Cooper Conversation: Welcoming Lincoln: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees


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At this Cooper Conversation, entitled "Welcoming Lincoln: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees," we will explore how cities develop and implement strategies related to welcoming immigrants and refugees. Using Lincoln as an example, we will discuss efforts such as the New Americans Task Force and the Welcoming & Belonging Strategic Plan.

The topic ties to this year’s E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues theme, "Uprooted: Displacement, Migration and Searching for Home," and the UHON 189H seminar "The Great American City: From Injustice to Inclusion" taught by Jacob Schlange. The event also falls during Welcoming Week!

This conversation will feature:

  • Lisa Guill, Welcoming Communities Coordinator, Cultural Centers of Lincoln

  • Tom Randa, Executive Director, Good Neighbor Community Center

  • Nizar Rasho, Director, Economic Empowerment, Lutheran Family Services

Our community guests will briefly share their stories and perspectives, and then continue the conversation in small groups with students.

Wednesday, September 13

11:30-12:45 pm

Multipurpose Room, University Suites, City Campus

Lunch will be served

Please RSVP below by Monday, September 10

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Baskerville at