St. Norbert College to offer half-day workshop about Somalian culture

From St. Norbert College, July 7, 2011
by Nicole Jagielski, nicole.jagielski@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College Language Services is offering a Somali Culture and Tradition workshop on Tues., Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The class is designed to deepen the community's understanding of Somali culture and experience in Northeast Wisconsin. An introduction to the language will also be provided.

The Northeast Wisconsin Somali population has quadrupled in the last ten months. Most are second-generation refugees, and the Green Bay area attracts many of these refugees because of its safe environment, affordable housing and, for Somalie Muslims, its new mosque. The Somali population is expected to grow in the Green Bay and Howard-Suamico school districts for the foreseeable future.

The Language Services workshop is designed for educators, health care and social services workers and others who work directly with the Somali population. Firdosa Hussein, Somali liasion for the Green Bay School District, will lead the workshop. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 11. The cost for the workshop is $30, and the size is limited to 15 participants. To register, make checks payable to St. Norbert College, and return to St. Norbert College, Attn: Amy Van Boxel, 100 Grant Street, De Pere, WI 54115-2099 or register online at http://www.snc.edu/languageservices. For more information, contact Language Services at 920-403-4075 or via e-mail at language.services@snc.edu.