Immigrant Relations and Integrations Services (IRIS), a division of the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, presented a Symposium on Immigrant Families on Friday, December 8, 2006 at the Evergreen Valley Community College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd. in San Jose California. Acknowledging that regional population demographics includes 62% immigrant families, the symposium presented far-reaching, mid-decade examination of the economic, educational and health issues facing immigrant families. The I.R.I.S. 2006 Symposium on Immigrant Families addressed challenges and affirming resiliency, and reviewed the latest research, and presented information regarding demographic shifts, best practices and identified key trends.
Symposium on Immigrant Families
“Affirming Immigrant Resiliency, Contributions and Creativity”
The Mayfair Improvement Initiative is a community-based organization dedicated to the transformation of the Mayfair neighborhood in east San Jose , California . Mayfair is an immigrant, working-poor neighborhood fighting to build a community based on hope, opportunity and love. Since 2004, the Mayfair Initiative has used popular theater as a dynamic way to engage the community in dialogue about issues we face together. They engage the Mayfair community in theatrical dialogue about critical issues and build opportunities to take collective action for positive change.
Short skit: “Hasta la Vista Baby” (11:30 AM in Gullo I)
Yosimar Reyes, spoken word champion
Yosimar Reyes is a Freshman at National Hispanic University and holds the title of 2006 South Bay Teen Grand Slam Champion. He started participating and exploring the art of spoken word two years ago at the age of 16. He performs all over the Bay Area. In April, Yosimar went to NYC to perform with the MACLA youth collective. He appreciated the human element and emotion of Spoken Word.
Yen Le - presenting the poetry of Milina Jovanovic
Yen Le came to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1983 at the age of 8. She has worked as a researcher, facilitator, and community organizer and as a mental health counselor and labor organizer. Yen is a volunteer mediator for the Office of Human Relations and Juvenile Hall. She worked as a research analyst for the Summit on Immigrant Needs and Contributions in 2000. In addition, she was a First Five regional coordinator for 5 years, and she is currently with EMQ Children and Family Service. Yen will "I Want to Reclaim" and "This Season" from "A Dog Violet in My Hair" from Milina Jovanovic's upcoming book of poems to be published in May.
Niosha Dance Academy
Niosha was born in Tehran, Iran in 1971, and began dancing at age 5. In 1991 she founded Niosha Dance Academy and began to teach children and adults the styles of Persian dance that she loved so much. The aim of Niosha Dance Academy is to create a platform for aspiring talent, young and the young at heart to receive structured dance training in various styles of traditional and modern Persian dance as well as belly dancing. The aim is to make each student achieve their goal an be the best dancer they can be. Niosha Dance Academy performs throughout the US at cultural arts festivals, local community events, and produces their own annual performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. They strive to maintain and enhance the awareness of Persian dance and culture. ACSV – Sponsoring Diversity
Please see the attachments below for further information on the symposium.