U.S. immigration policy regarding Syrians is a hot topic that has hit close to home at UE. Many Syrian students and their families have been directly affected by regulations that reflect prejudice, misperceptions, and fear.
The U.S. is a multiethnic society where the majority group maintains its dominance atop the social hierarchy (those with access to wealth, power, and prestige). Historically, successful assimilation among refugees and immigrants has been marked by the group’s degree of ethnic similarity and difference when compared to the majority group. Syrian refugees, like many minority groups before, encounter prejudice and discrimination as widespread negative perceptions persist in American social consciousness. We invite the audience to engage in this conversation with our speaker, Dr. Rob Shelby, and our three graduating Syrian seniors: Nafe Sukkar, Hassib AlJandali, and Amir Khayat Kahale. After Dr. Shelby's presentation, the seniors will tell their personal stories and join the Q+A about immigration and what it's like to be a Syrian in the U.S. in 2018.
Dr. Shelby is an assistant professor of sociology and teaches race and ethnic relations at the University of Evansville. He earned his Ph.D. in applied sociology from the University of Louisville in 2016 and holds advanced degrees in sociology and communication/culture. In 2001 he was granted an undergraduate degree in youth ministry and biblical studies from Trinity International University.
Scholars for Syria's final presentation will end with a look to the future of our organization and how we plan to continue our advocacy for Syrian students across the diaspora.
This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the UE Schroeder School of Business (SOBA) Room 162. We hope you will join us to celebrate the success of UE's growing list of accomplished Syrians!
Abdulhassib Al Jandali
Amir Khayat Kahale