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
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.
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.
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?
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.
No matter where in the world you find yourself, you will always see games being played. Games not only provide a great channel for opening up & getting to know others better, but can also help develop important critical thinking and strategy building skills that transfer into other areas of life. They are one of the oldest ways known for bringing people together and are an important component of any culture.