“America and Its Immigrants: A Discussion”

The CWRU Middle East Students’ Association (MESA), in conjunction with the Student National Medical Association, will host an event titled “America and Its Immigrants: A Discussion” Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine, Room E-401.

Legal, medical and social elements regarding recent immigration policies will be covered, as well as how these policies affect the lives of immigrants living in the United States coming from all backgrounds. The event will be composed of a panel discussion, followed by open discussion and questions from the entire CWRU community.

The panel will feature:

  • David Leopold, the attorney who led the effort to allow Duha Abushamma, a resident physician at Cleveland Clinic, to reenter the United States after the recent executive order on immigration. Leopold is a nationally recognized immigration reform advocate, blogger and public speaker.
  • Julia A. Shearson, the executive director of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who has initiated projects to improve communication and build partnerships between law enforcement and the Muslim community. She also has served on the Islamic Council of Ohio.
  • Nusaiba Chowdhury, an independent case manager at US Together, who has supported refugees through the resettlement process, provided assistance to Direct Services to Survivors of Torture Program and led cultural orientation training with refugees.
  • A health care provider from the Neighborhood Family Practice who provides health services to the refugee population, who will discuss both the opportunities and challenges of taking care of this population.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is available online.

Email MESA leaders Lamia Harik at lxh333@case.edu and Pierre Tamer at pxt161@case.edu, or Marsalis Brown, an SNMA leader, at mcb91@case.edu with questions.