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Outreach Activities

Welcoming New Americans

This outreach project recognizes that the social, cultural, economic and political issues unfolding in our own backyard are directly linked to challenges occurring throughout the nation and the world and harnesses our research associates’ skills and expertise to address these challenges. This initiative expands the university’s extension mandate to include our non-English speaking newcomer neighbors in five areas of critical engagement: English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, translation services, legal support and advocacy, workforce development and diversity and intercultural competence training.

Community Partners: Bienvenidos a Brookings, Nitza Rubenstien and Fajitas Restaurant (Flandreau), Elkton Community Center, South Dakota Dream Coalition, South Dakota Voices for Peace/Justice, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Brookings Human Rights Commission