Refugee Integration Conference 2019: The Story of Our Journey


In an effort to engage professionals, journalists, and educators with the New American Community, we are hosting our third Refugee Integration Conference on October 9th and 10th at Ohio University’s Dublin Campus (6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016). This year, our theme is The Story of Our Journey. Our yearly conference is designed to provide trainings on effective advocacy, communication, and support services. We hope you join us as we share best practices, highlight upcoming projects, and discuss the needs of our communities.

Day 1 : The Story of Our Journey

October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

Organized in partnership with Ohio University, College Liftoff, and a variety of other organizations, Day 1 will focus on The Story of Our Journey. As refugee resettlement and immigration become increasingly politicized, we hope to humanize the New American plight through storytelling and the dissemination of concrete, factual information. Light snacks will be provided during afternoon sessions, and heavy hors d'oeuvre will be provided during the Networking Reception.

Format for Day 1

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Registration

1:00pm - Conference Opens

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Networking Reception

6:00pm - 9:00pm - International Migration Film Festival

The film festival will feature films focusing on migration: refugees, immigrants, displaced persons, economic migrants, asylum-seekers, and/or undocumented individuals.

We are seeking film submissions in multiple categories, ranging from 5 minutes to full-length feature films and documentaries. We invite students and professionals alike to submit films before midnight on September 20, 2019.

For more information on the International Migration Film Festival and how to submit your film, click here.

Day 2: Ohio’s Global Talent: Preparing Our Workforce for Our Future

October 10, 2019 - 10:00am

Organized in partnership with the Ohio Welcoming Initiatives Network, Day 2 will feature a wide variety of sessions focusing on workforce development. Guests can expect to:

  • Learn about the State of Ohio's newly established career pathway guides and credential charts that assist skilled immigrants to advance in Ohio’s economy;

  • Join the conversation with Aspire on contextualized ESOL programs that integrate job training with English language instruction;

  • Participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s facilitated discussion for corporate and small business on working with and hiring Ohio’s global talent;

  • Interactive workshop on “Setting Up Newcomers for Success in the U.S. Job Search” and how to become part of the solution

Format for Day 2, October 10:

9:00am - 10:00am - Registration

10:00am - Conference Opens

4:00pm - Conference Conclusion

Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided.

Registration Information

Participants may register online for the full conference, or for either day individually - just click here. An early bird discount is available until September 13, and registration closes entirely on October 7, so don’t wait! Please contact us if you have any questions about online registration.

Sponsor a Refugee Panelist

You can help support our Conference by sponsoring a Refugee Panelist. Leading with the voices of refugees is a fundamental principle of our Conference, and your contribution makes this possible. Just select “Sponsor a Refugee Panelist” on your registration purchase at checkout.


We are offering invoicing for individuals who are unable to register online with a credit card. Please contact Christine Garcia at or 614-505-3880 for more information. Invoice registrations are accepted until the close of online registration on October 7.


Contact Marcus Andrews at or 614-310-3213 to register at a discounted student rate, and please attach proof of current school enrollment (i.e. screenshot of class schedule).

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Dublin OH, located at 500 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio, 43017 is available at your convenience. For a discounted rate of $119 per night, call +1-614-766-9900 and use registration code "US Together" or click here to book online.

Our Partners

We are proud to collaborate with a number of partners from around Ohio who make the Refugee Integration Conference possible:

  • Ohio Welcoming Initiatives Network (OWIN) Members:

    • Cincinnati Compass

    • Global Cleveland

    • Welcoming City

    • Welcome Dayton

    • Welcome Toledo-Lucas County

  • WES Global Talent Bridge

  • Upwardly Global

  • New American Economy

  • Ohio University

  • College Liftoff

  • International Migration Film Festival

  • Ohio TESOL

2018 Conference Resources

Please visit our Resources Page to see information and presentations from last year’s 2018 Refugee Integration Conference.