Maria Beltran-Figueroa (Refugee Resource & Research Institute) & Rey Ty (Northern Illinois University International Training Office)
Acknowledgments• Thanks to Dr. Lina Ong, Director, Northern Illinois University, International Training Office, for her support.
I. A. B. Outline Introduction Problem Need C. Objectives D. Questions E. Definition F. Research Process G. PerspectivesII. Findings A. Dominant Approach B. Alternative ApproachesIII. Conclusion A. Summary B. Contribution C. ImplicationsReferences
Research ProcessParticipatory action research (Kemmis & McTaggart,2000)Case study , participant observation, & communitydialogue to identify the approaches in providingrefugee service.Critical lens (Freire, 2005) to view human resourcedevelopment (HRD).Frame refugee services within the broader historical& social context to advance practices that promotesocial justice & social responsibility.Reflections on practice promote critical thinking(Putnam, 1999) as well as generate knowledge andproduce action (Park, 1999).
Accountability Take Take responsibilitycharge of & learningone’s life Principles from decision Guiding the Project Recognize expertise, Celebrate, personal & appreciate & group recognize each experience to other’s transcend strength barriers
Ownership1. The looms belong to Refugee Resource.2. New organization: Burmese Community Center for Education a. staff & president are Karen at Karenni. b. Grassroots organization c. Know their communities d. Slowly pass on the project to them until it becomes a partnership.3. From the profits: they plan to buy looms so that more can participate.
Production, Marketing & Sale1. Refugee Resource bought the materials (looms, threads).2. Karen women get the profits from the sale of products.3. After selling 25 bags (first batch), Refugee Resource will stop buying threads for the weavers.
Critical Reflection1. If you have experience working with refugees, please share with us.2. Critique of current practices in dealing with non-European Americans in general & with international refugees in general.3. Tasks ahead: What must be done?