Global Summit

Douglass Global Summit – “Forced Migration, Gender, and Global Allies”

Saturday, April 21 2018 | 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM Location: Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center

Please RSVP by noon on April 20, 2018. 

Join us for a day to examine problems and solutions to the mass migrations of populations across the globe, with a particular focus on women’s lives.  Experts and students will present their work on protecting and developing policy for the improvement of women’s status.

The Global Village at Douglass, in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Leadership, hosts a day-long Summit on topics related to women’s experience and status in conditions of forced migration from natural disasters, war, conflict, poverty, and violence. The event features governmental and non-governmental leaders, Centennial Speakers Dr. Martin and Ms. Dervisevic-Cesic, and student experts who focus on problems and solutions for displaced women and their allies. Designed by Dr. Martin and her students, “Laurie Chair Scholars,” the Global Summit brings a cohesive vision and structure to the contemporary crises that reach across campus, across town, and across international borders. 

Through live streaming and integrative technology, the event features dialogue with stakeholders around the world. Additionally, the Global Summit features non-profit organizations and other agencies that serve as allies to displaced populations, especially as this relates to women and children. 

The Global Village is an ideal host for the keynote speaker and for this year’s theme. The Global Village is a living-learning community for Douglass women, consisting of nine houses with accompanying credit-bearing courses, and service work. This year’s houses and courses include The Africana Experience, La Casa Hispanica, Sexualities, Medicine, Business, Creativity, Human Rights, Public Health, and Leadership and Global Citizenship. One hundred- fifty women live and learn together in the Global Village, and are an integral part of the Global Summit’s success.  The new Kathleen W. Ludwig Living Learning Center in the Jameson complex is home to these students as they attend conferences, display their art, engage in dialogue, and investigate issues of the day. 

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Program Schedule

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome Remarks, Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

9:15am-10:00am: Refereed Global Village Student Presentations

10:00am-10:30am: Dr. Rick Garfunkel, Vice President of Rutgers Global, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and Hourie Tafech, Founder of the NGO Spark 15 centered on young refugees' empowerment

10:30am-12:00pm: Guest Panel, Refugee and Displaced Women: Views from the Field, with Mr. Andrew Painter from the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Elektra Kostopoulou from Modern Greek Studies at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Ms. Sandra Uwiringyimana Co-Founder of Jimbere Fund, Ms. Karen Delaney from The Advocacy Project, and Ms. Anna Petrie from Interfaith Rise

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15pm-2:45pm: Angelides Lecture, Ms. Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic, author of the novel The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet and the first Bosnian refugee to seek medical asylum in the United States, co-sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

2:45pm-3:15pm: Laurie Chair Scholars Student Presentation, Empowering Refugee Women

3:15-4:00pm: Refugee Advocacy and Volunteer Opportunities, Ms. Jennifer Castro, Director of Displacement and Resettlement, Interfaith Rise

4:15-5:00pm: Dr. Susan Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita in International Migration, Georgetown University, US Refugee Policy in the Age of Trump: Challenges and Opportunities

5:00pm: Closing Remarks, Assistant Dean Elizabeth Gunn, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

5:15pm-6:30pm: Reception and Creativity House Exhibit (Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Douglass Library)


Featured Centennial Speakers biographies

Susan Martin, Ph.D., DC’68 

Dr. Martin is a renowned scholar and policy maker on issues of forced migration and refugee populations, and has penned and edited numerous leading publications on these topics. Her most recent book publications are International Migration: Evolving Trends from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present; Migration and Humanitarian Crises: Causes, Consequences and Responses; and a Nation of Immigrants. Our Global Village and Douglass Course students are currently studying several of her works.

Dr. Martin earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the immediate past President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration and currently chairs the Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration for the Knowledge Partnership in Migration and Development at the World Bank.  Dr. Martin also serves on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, the Academic Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration, and the Board of the Advocacy Project.

She has held the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration, and founded and led the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously. Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. Prior to joining the Commission's staff, Dr. Martin was the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs.

The Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies brings cutting edge scholars to campus for one to two-week residencies to share research, give a public lecture and interact with students and faculty associated with Douglass Residential College, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute for Women’s Leadership. 

 In 1984, The Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies was established at Douglass College, Rutgers University after the state legislature, with Governor Thomas H. Kean’s support, approved and funded it. The Chair, the first of its kind in the nation, was created to bring outstanding scholars and practitioners in women's studies to campus to conduct their research and interact with students. 

Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic

Before she turned 20, Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic lost a home, a husband, two beloved brothers and her right arm. She was the first Bosnian refugee granted permission to seek medical care in America. Now, more than 20 years later, Jasmina has forged a new life in Boston as an author, wife, mother, business woman, and human rights advocate.

Her memoir, The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet, is the story of her life in Bosnia before and during the civil war that tore apart the former Republic of Yugoslavia. She is a frequent speaker in “Facing History” classrooms across New England and has traveled the country with her message of brotherhood and hope.

The Angelides Lecture Series at Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership brings distinguished women leaders for a public lecture. Selected for their achievements across a range of fields including business, politics and public policy, education, health, social services, science, literature, and the arts, Angelides Lecturers provide students and faculty as well as the wider community with opportunities to learn from women leaders who are making a difference in society.