Break The Silence Campaign, part of UCI’s Refugee Awareness Week 4/27–5/1/15

“Break the Silence” envisions a society that is compassionate and understanding of refugee experiences in America. “Break the Silence” is a collaborative campus-wide awareness campaign about refugee awareness & displacement, bringing together speakers, panelists, and critical discussions to UC Irvine in order to inspire social action. A portion of the proceeds raised will help fund scholarships for local refugee youth and help to sustain programming led by the community-based 501c3, The Tiyya Foundation.

To RSVP and learn more about the campaign, click here to visit the page. 

Schedule of Events:

Monday | April 27 | Keynote Speaker – Meymuna Hussein-Cattan
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Student Center Crystal Cove

Invisible Communities: Refugees in Orange County
A look at Orange County’s demographics and how refugees are a part of our landscape.
Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, director of the Tiyya Foundation

Tuesday | April 28 | Living Photography
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Stories and 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Reception
Student Center Doheny Beach A + B

Meet the incredible people behind the photo-stories that were posted and hear their experiences with conflict and refugees. It is followed by a dessert and wine reception so you can personally meet them.
Sama Wareh, Artist and Humanitarian, Education and Violence Interrupted
Pauline Lubens, War and Public Health Lecturer and Public Health doctoral student whose 35 year photojournalism career included spending time covering the personal toll of war.
Dr. Paula Garb, Peace and Conflict Studies
Tram Le, Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Wednesday | April 29 | Refugee Storytelling
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Student Center Emerald Bay A + B
Hear local refugees speak about their experiences abroad and their experiences acclimating to America.
Featuring Dr. Maureen Shay and Adja Buybuyi, Congo

Thursday | April 30 | Refugee Awareness Banquet
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Student Center Emerald Bay A + B
Featuring Ezel Jupiter, Haleem Khatib, and Digibot
Come eat and listen to performers express their stories from their home countries through music.
Theme: Home

Friday | May 1 | School Supply Drive
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Student Center Student Terrace
Take action with Break the Silence by donating school supplies for refugee children in Orange County.