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September 29th 2012:Compassion on a Global Scale—Helping Refugees to Thrive: An interview with Meg Erskine and Merna Ann Hecht

There are refugees who come to our country because they have been obliged to leave theirs. Some are in need of international protection. All are in need of a home. As an act of global compassion, we offer shelter to people from the Congo, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Nepal, to name a few. How do they acclimate to life in the US? Today we will speak with two people who have dedicated their lives to helping refugees thrive, not just survive. Join us and meet Meg Erskine of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition in Austin, TX and Merna Ann Hecht of the Voi

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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Ann Hecht, poet, nationally recognized storyteller, and arts educator has worked in many specialized settings including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center School in Seattle, facilities for homeless and adjudicated youth, and at BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children. She presents courses to educators on teaching humanities and social justice through integrated arts, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling 1999 Community Service Award and the 2008 National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Myrna directs the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Poetry Project at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA with immigrant and refugee students. Merna’s ess
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Meg Erskine

Meg Erskine grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and hasn’t left since. She received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Following graduation she worked as an endangered species biologist in Central Texas and for 5 years as the Texas State Bat Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She is co-founder, with Johnson Doe, Paul Tiah and Sarah Stranahan, of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition in Austin, TX. Meg received her Certificate in Non-profit Management and Leadership in 2009 and, as MRC’s Executive Director, has led the organization in its formation to where it is today.
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