Emily Van Houweling
Master of Development Practice
Thesis - Open Access
This paper studies and proposes methods of empowering newly-arrived Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) refugee and immigrant women throughout the integration process by increasing social connectedness. I propose a combination of mentorship model with social activities and mini educational workshops to provide necessary support service for these marginalized groups. The program I developed will focus mainly on newly-arrived female refugees and immigrants and those who are identified as homebound. The mentorship model focuses on matching a small group of mentees to mentors who are long-termed residents in the local community. The mentorship model can assist with attaining knowledge of the new culture/community and giving the target population the opportunity to make friendships. Social activities for the full cohort of mentors and the mentees will promote social interaction, build a strong support network, and provide a safe environment for them to process their emotions and share experiences. Mini educational workshops will facilitate knowledge, build skills, and promote awareness of basic information and existing resources that are available in the community that they live in. In developing this program, I have not ignored the importance of recognizing ongoing challenges these groups have been facing, such as affordable housing, transportation, and access to health care. My proposed interventions are not meant to address these challenges directly. However, I hope these interventions will assist in providing a framework towards women’s empowerment using social capital principles to address the gap of services that these marginalized groups face.
Date of Award
Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)
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Rode, Rattana, "Social Connectedness for Women’s Empowerment: Development Program Proposal to Support Asian America Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Refugee and Immigrant Women in Denver/Aurora, Colorado." (2022). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 1053.