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 Frank Church Symposium 2024

Refugees: Culture, Integration, and Leadership

HYBRID - virtual/in-person

(All Schedules are Mountain Time)


For streaming the panels and lectures in Rendezvous ABC, use this Zoom link.
For streaming the keynote address, use this Youtube link.
For additional information on invited delegates and FAQ, see our Facebook page.

Free parking will be available at Reed’s Gym and the Student Union Building, as well as at the Holt Arena where you can either walk or utilize the free on-campus bus.


March 7, 2024

Rendezvous ABC Suites

10: 00 AM Opening

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Panel 1: The Making of a Refugee

Panelists: Killian Kleinschmidt (Virtual), Shelby Carvalho (Virtual), Rawan Arar (Virtual)

12:15 PM Joseph and Pricilla Hearst Lecture: "Women in Leadership"

Lecturer: Liyah Babayan (In Person)

1:15 - 3:00 PM Break

3:30 - 5:00 PM Panel 2: Local Actions, Resources, and Obstacles

Panelists: Andrea Schmutz (In Person), Jenny Reese (In Person), Chandra Upreti (In Person), Elizabeth Norton (In Person).


Keynote Address, Dr. Carina Hoang

6 PM | Bistline Theatre (Stephens Performing Art Center)

Hear from award-winning author, actor, publisher, historian, public speaker, and former refugee.


Art Exhibit, Women Who are Asian Immigrants: The Seen and Unseen

M-F 12-6 PM | Davis Art Gallery

The public is encouraged to attend Yidan Guo's Art Exhibit Women Who Are Asian Immigrants: The Seen and Unseen. The Davis Gallery is located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building on the Pocatello campus. Hours are M-F 12-6 PM.


March 8, 2024

Rendezvous ABC Suites

9:00 AM Introduction

9:30 - 11:00 AM Panel 3: Diverse Refugee Experiences

Panelists: Carina Hoang (In Person), Liyah Babayan (In Person), Karen Jacobsen (Virtual), Damian Harris-Hernandez (Virtual)

11:15 AM Richard H. Foster Lecture: “A Refugee Story: A Home Away From Home - The Value of Identity and Cultural Humility”

 Lecturer: Anselme Sediki (In Person)

12:15 PM - 2:30 PM Break

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Panel 4: Family, Gender, and Survival

Panelists: Christian Schmutz (Virtual), Jackie Wagner (Virtual), Haley Grachico (In Person), Mona Heern (In Person)

4:45 PM Closing Remarks


Party: Empowering Immigrant Women

4:30 PM | ISU Diversity Resource Center

In celebration of International Women’s Day, join a local organization’s celebration of immigrant and refugee women in our community. Please RSVP.