March 17, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Kevin Meadowcroft, Community Integration Program Manager,
International Rescue Committee
Details: Up until about the 1920s, Baltimore’s shores saw the arrival of tens of thousands immigrants, including many Jewish refugees fleeing czarist pogroms in Russia. Over the past decade, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has renewed that tradition by resettling thousands of refugees in Baltimore City and the surrounding areas. Those refugees, fleeing war and persecution in their home countries, are eager to start anew here and in turn offer vast potential for the future of Baltimore City. Meadowcroft will discuss the services the IRC provides refugees and talk about the efforts being made to integrate them into the civic and economic life of the City.
Speaker Bio: Kevin Meadowcroft has spent more than a decade working with refugee and immigrant populations in Baltimore. Before joining the IRC as Community Integration Program Manager in July of last year, he oversaw an education program serving more than 1,100 refugees a year. Among his accomplishments was the creation of a literacy program for adult refugees who had no previous formal education. As part of the IRC, he provides strategic leadership that links refugees, community actors and partners for long-term safe and secure refugee integration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and an MA in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland.