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Identifying and Eliminating Systemic Barriers to Employment for Immigrants and Refugees
In this session, participants will be able to identify the unique barriers that immigrants and refugees face in employment. They will see the creative and innovative ways that the International Institute has found to address these barriers and help immigrants and refugees overcome them. Participants will hear from employer partners who have benefited from trained employees, as well as get a glimpse at the curriculum and employment navigation tools that are utilized in helping immigrants and refugees overcome barriers. Finally, participants will be introduced to program participants who have benefited from the Hospitality Career Pathway.

Learning Outcomes:
-Participants will be able to identify barriers to employment for immigrants and refugees.
-Participants will be able to see the importance of employer partnerships in employment navigation.
-Participants will understand the importance of a holistic approach to employment navigation.

The 2021 Forum Webinar Series is sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation.

Oct 21, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Lynn Thompson
Program Manager @Hospitality Career Pathway
Lynn has worked at the International Institute for 5 years in a variety of capacities, including English Instructor and Employment Navigator. Through the Hospitality Career Pathway program, Lynn advocates for immigrants and refugees from entry level positions through career advancement. She is passionate about creating partnerships, leveraging resources, and empowering her students to accomplish their goals and aspirations. She deeply believes that our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces are richer and better places because of the diversity that immigrants and refugees bring.
Scarlett Xiong
Employment Navigator @Hospitality Career Pathway
Scarlett Xiong is the employment navigator for the Hospitality Career Pathway program at the International Institute of Minnesota. She supports immigrant and refugee clients with employment placement, understanding American work culture, interview practice, resume writing, and navigating unemployment benefits. She also maintains employer relationships and strives to advocate for workplace inclusion for underprivileged communities.