Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza Voices

Plaza Voices: African American Migration

Cover of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

In honor of Black History Month, this week we share a few resources relating to the migration experiences of African Americans.

Plaza Voices: Scholarships for DREAMers

College students

Earlier this month, TheDream.US, a nonprofit college access program, announced that it will partner with three Colorado colleges to offer scholarships and support services to youth in Colorado who qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Plaza Voices: Refugees are Brain Gain

Syrian refugee pictured with clothing she created.

An organization in Finland called Startup Refugees is working to create new opportunities for refugees and native-born Finns, according to an article in Fast Company this month.

Plaza Voices: Mental Health

"Melancholy," courtesy of Creative Commons

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & regular contributor writes:

Plaza Voices: Human Rights

Human Rights Logo (see www.humanrightslogo.net for more details)

In honor of the recent International Human Rights Day, we have a post from Naghem, our regular contributor & staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  -Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Plaza Voices: New Americans Project Advisory Board

Are you interested in helping to shape services for immigrants at the Denver Public Library? Get involved and apply to the New Americans Project advisory board, a group of community members interested in immigrant, refugee, and asylee programs at the library. This board will meet bimonthly to give library staff guidance and feedback on how to better meet the needs of our City's newest residents. This board will be encouraged to support the goals of the New Americans Project and members are expected to serve a one-year term.

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Living with PTSD

Naghem, our regular contributor & staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch writes: 

I am no expert on PTSD. I know the basic causes and some of the signs, but following the huge wave of refugees coming to the United States, one can expect a large number of these people to have PTSD. Not only that but the world has been in turmoil lately, more so than before, and many people across the world are suffering from PTSD.

Plaza Voices: Computer Skills

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & new contributor writes: 

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Who am I?

Naghem S., our regular contributor and staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library writes:

Who am I?

I find myself asking this question a lot, and I have yet to find a definite 100% answer. Yes I know who “I” am. I know my name, my parents, my religion, what foods I like, what my favorite color is and all of that jazz, but I don’t know where I belong.

I was born in Iraq to Iraqi born parents. Does that make me Iraqi?

Plaza Voices: Latino Americans - 500 Years of History

With more than 50 million individuals living in the United States, Latinos and Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in the country. Based on the 2014 Census estimate, almost 30% of individuals living in Denver are Latino and/or Hispanic. With such large numbers, it should come as no surprise that this group is anything but homogenous -- from newly sworn in U.S. citizens to second generation immigrants like myself, everyone has a very different story to tell and experiences had along the way to finding their own place in the United States.

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