Collaborating for Change
Recently, I have collaborated with Miss Utah, Sasha Sloan, to work on school assemblies that could raise awareness and education on refugees and mental health among young minds. Some of the topics that we will be talking about are Mental Health, Refugees, Cultural capital, Social capital, and asking the right questions. Sasha is an amazing advocate for those that have been displaced and has become a wonderful friend. Click the link to learn more about Sasha's "Refugees Welcome" message and keep watching for more information about our soon-to-come School Assemblies.
My team and I have also been volunteering for Women of the World. We have been helping Afghan families here in Utah with filling petition applications to US senators to initiate the process of bringing their family members to a safe place.
In October, the TSOS BYU chapter was involved in the Displacement Today: TSOS Lecture Series. If you are a BYU or UVU student and would like to get involved in our campus outreach, please contact our campus chair, Jarom Hickenlooper, at [email protected].
Lastly, Tyler Rich started a TSOS chapter at Utah State University. To get involved with that group, contact him at [email protected]
Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Welcome.us Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.
A beautiful event for TSOS's flagship Utah Community Programs office where the impact of a diverse and thriving community shines.