Monday, October 24, 2016

PA 5451 Immigration, Health and Public Policy

An on-line course for graduate students interested in Public Policy, Education, Public Health, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy and related fields. The course may be taken for 3 or 4 graduate credits (4 credits with a final project; 3 credits without final project). 
The course qualifies as an elective for the Human Rights Minor at the U, and fulfills requirements for the 7-credit Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration in the School of Public Health, the Global Public Policy Concentration at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and other electives in both schools. 
The demography of American communities is changing dramatically, but many of our institutions have not kept pace with the needs of new African, Asian, Eastern European and Latino residents. Health care and social service providers used to treating European-origin families and some Latino residents are now working with refugees from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia, Laos, Bosnia, Cambodia and the Sudan. In order to meet the needs of these new residents, it is imperative for providers and policy makers to understand the context and motives for immigration, as well as the characteristics and belief systems of their clients.

Katherine Fennelly
Professor emerita, Public Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Policy makers and public officials; health care providers; educators, social workers, pharmacists, community agency professionals; graduate students in public policy, public health, medicine, nursing, social work, public affairs, education, and the social sciences

Course Goals
Students taking this course will gain an understanding of the characteristics of immigrants and their families in the United States, major health needs, principles of cultural competence in service provision, and tools for effective advocacy.

Community Work
The key to becoming “culturally competent” is to go into the community to meet and learn from the residents you hope to serve. Community work includes doing a demographic analysis of a community of your choosing, visiting a business that serves immigrants, and interviewing a social service or health provider who works with immigrants.

Course Objectives
• Acquire research skills to access demographic, health and background information on immigrants in the U.S.
• Understand the major characteristics and health needs of new immigrants
• Design “culturally competent” health programs
• Learn to advocate for needed changes to promote immigrant health
• Interact with other professionals and policymakers

Course Schedule
Unit 1 - Research skills to access demographic, health and background information
Unit 2 - Characteristics and health needs of new immigrants
Unit 3 - Culturally competent care
Unit 4 - Advocacy

Course Format
• Online delivery
• 14 weeks (offered in fall and spring semester)

Registration Questions? Contact Stacey Grimes 612-626-1329

Enrollment is limited. You may register up to two weeks before the course begins, if space is still available.

Study Italian at the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Winter Term: Open House, Thursday, January 5
Classes Held: January 9 through March 16, 2017
Spring Term Classes Held: April 3 through June 9, 2017

New! Referral Bonus available for past/current ICC students!
Contact Peggy at for details.

Why Study with Us - Small groups, informal atmosphere and university-educated native speakers provide the ideal environment to learn a foreign language. Our instructors, born and raised in Italy, bring first-hand experience and cultural background of Italian life and current traditions to the classroom.

Students are encouraged to converse in Italian from the first lesson. Taped dialogue related to the textbook material is played in each class to further develop listening comprehension abilities. Role-play and interaction between students and instructors make the lessons enjoyable, lively and effective.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Oct 27 event on North Korea refugees at HHH

Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota - Second Annual Symposium
Thursday, October 27: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

Volunteers needed for Model UN High School conference at HHH

Humphrey School to Host Model UN High School Conference

The fall Model United Nations High School State Conference will meet at the Humphrey School on Tuesday, November 8. Some 500 students in grades 7-12 will participate in classroom and simulation activities on the topics of universal access to water, and youth employment. As delegates representing countries from the UN's 193 member states, they will simulate the United Nations General Assembly in debating, drafting, and passing resolutions while working together to solve these pressing world issues.

The event is sponsored by the International Fellows and Scholars Program. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Klein Bergman at or Pepe Wonosikou in IFS.

Nov 13 ¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500

Join us for Venetia 1500, a concert performed by the early music group ¡Sacabuche! with readings by University professors Ann Waltner and John Watkins.

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2pm, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HHH Prof. Ron Lecturing on Human Rights in Israel

Humphrey Professor, James Ron will be in Israel on Thursday, October 27 giving a talk to the local human rights community entitled, “Using Public Opinion Surveys to Advance Human Rights.” The talk will be hosted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the country’s largest rights organization, at the ACRI offices in Tel Aviv.

James Ron holds the Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science. He is also an affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE); the founding editor of openGlobalRights, a multilingual forum for human rights strategy; and co-Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s new Master’s Degree in Human Rights.

Dec 9 WorldQuest international trivia competition

Have You Registered?  WorldQuest international trivia competition

 Like a little friendly competition? How about great door prizes? Or the chance to be named an international trivia champion? Sign up for our annual battle of global wits - WorldQuest! Gather a team of eight and brush up on your knowledge of flags, capitals, geography, people in the news, current events, 2016 Great Decisions topics, and this year's focus country - Colombia. Don't have a team? Register as an individual and we'll pair you up with stellar teammates. Light dinner will be provided; cash bar available.

Friday, December 9 | 7:00 pm
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