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Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Immigration

Our objective is to build connections among research and service organizations who work with or conduct research about immigrants and immigration, and to raise awareness of resources available among the local community of scholars and service providers. 

Working Group Goals

  • Build connections among immigration scholars and service professionals in the Centre County region.
  • Raise awareness of resources available for immigrant populations, and the specific problems encountered by service professionals in the Centre County region.
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration among immigration scholars and between immigration scholars and service professionals.
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaborations aimed at improving immigration-related services in the Centre County region.

Working Group Members

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
​Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar
Clinical Professor and Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights, Penn State Law
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-3823

Jennifer Van Hook
Director, Population Research Institute and Professor of Sociology and Demography
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 867-2276

Michael Adebola Adewumi
Vice Provost, Global Programs
(814) 863-4030

Amy Allen  
Department Head, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 863-3531

Justine Andronici
Attorney and Women’s Rights Advocate

Masume Assaf
Director, Directorate, International Student and Scholar Advising, University Office of Global Programs
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-6348

Sharon Barney
Leech Tishman
(814) 954-5904

Aaron T Brooks, Esq.
Student Legal Services
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 867-4388

Suresh Canagarajah
Erwin Erle Sparks Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics and English
Director, Migration Studies Project, Department of Humanities
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-6229

Debra Greenleaf
Consultant, International Outreach
Centre County STOP Violence Against Women Project

Edith Gnanadass, Ph.D.
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy 
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy
The Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-6686

Caprice A. Knapp  
Senior Lecturer/Research Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 863-2905

Judith Kroll
Director, Center for Language Science, Department of Psychology and the College of Liberal Arts
Pennsylvania State University 
(814) 863-0126

Patricia Miranda
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 863-7402

Sylvester Osagie
Faculty Engagement Coordinator, University Office of Global Programs
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 867-4276

Melissa Landrau Vega
Assistant Director, Multicultural Resource Center
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-1773

Victor Romero
Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor, Penn State Law
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-8989

Steven Rubin
Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-3255

Sharon Shen
Executive Director, Global Connections
(814) 863-3927

Shedra Amy Snipes 
Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Health and Human Development
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 865-4668

Yvette Willson
Centre County Women’s Resource Center
(877) 234-5050

Materials from Past Roundtable Meetings

Immigration Roundtable – November 3, 2016

Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Immigration – April 22, 2016

On April 22, 2016,  Penn State Law hosted a panel discussion on the world refugee crisis, exploring both the public policy implications and the frontlines of refugee resettlement in the United States. The event was entitled Welcoming Refugees: Policy and Personal Perspectives.

Guest Speakers:
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Herman Stern Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University
Madap Sharma, Refugee Site Director, Lutheran Children and Family Service
Bilal Al Tememi, Senior Resettlement Case Worker, Lutheran Children and Family Service
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic (moderator)

The event was sponsored by the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, the International Law Society, the Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Immigration, and the Muslim Legal Society.

A video recording of the event may be watched at this link: Event Link

Immigration Roundtable – September 25, 2015

Roundtable on Executive Action on Immigration - February 26, 2015

Roundtable on Immigration Reform and Religion - February 14, 2014

Matthew Wilch Biography

Immigration Roundtable - February 24, 2012