Rotary District 5340: San Diego, California

Speaker: The San Diego Refugee Forum

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October 14, 2015 5:30 pm - October 14, 2015 7:00 pm
Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 2660 Calhoun Street, San Diego, CA, United States
Apologies for the late notice, but please join us this Wednesday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in welcoming Ute Maschke from the San Diego Refugee Forum. As usual, we meet by the bar for fellowship at 5:30pm, and club business will begin at 6pm in the meeting room near the front of the hotel.

About the Organization:

The San Diego Refugee Forum is a professional association of organizations and advocates serving all populations fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in San Diego. The San Diego Refugee Forum meets monthly to exchange information and advocate on issues of concern to the community of people displaced by war and violent conflict who are now in San Diego.

About the Speaker:

Ute Maschke has more than 15 years of experience in training and curriculum design and non-profit program management. At Cornell University, she taught graduate students in cultural and intercultural education, curriculum development and assessment; created sustainable programs for social service and art non-profit organizations, and provided teacher and manager training on cultural competencies in collaboration with the Council of Europe’s Division of Languages and Education. Since 2012 Ute has been the Acculturation Supervisor at Refugee Services, at Catholic Charities, San Diego. In this position she develops cultural and education programs that assist newly-arrived refugees in building their own strengths, and in becoming confident and effective members of their new communities. Ute also serves as a board member of San Diego’s Refugee Forum and as the co-leader of UCSD practicum courses that connect resources and cultures across communities. She holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.

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