IRCM holds monthly virtual community workshops for newly arrived refugees, secondary migrants, and asylum seekers in Portland, Lewiston, and Auburn, Maine. In these workshops, IRCM staff provides information concerning local resources, schools, employment opportunities, housing, and legal matters and introduction to American culture.
April's Community Education Workshop: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
May's Community Education Workshop: Mental Health Awareness Month
June's Community Education Workshop: Substance Abuse
July's Community Education Workshop: Racial Disparity in Healthcare
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States, the number of cases and deaths is increasing rapidly. It turns out people of color are significantly more affected by COVID-19 than white people. We want to explore why this is the case by taking a look at how the American health system has treated and still treats people of color, especially during the pandemic. Moreover, we will take a look at how immigrants of color are treated as a response to the American health system's past and present policies. We look forward to seeing you all to have an open, honest conversation.
August's Community Education Workshop: Going Back-to-School during the Pandemic
As schools began to open up again, the IRCM wanted to start discussing what reopening schools will look like this fall. Students, parents, and teachers faced new challenges in doing virtual classes, staying at home, and keeping healthy. The risk of getting COVID-19 had significantly increased as children began to head back to the classroom. This transition was difficult for immigrant and refugee families who may struggle with understanding the new measures our local schools are pursuing during the pandemic. We then took a look at how our immigrant and refugee community can prepare their children and themselves for the new school year.