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Upcoming Community Events:

Getting To Know Our New Afghan Neighbors: A Live Stream Event

Tuesday, October 19th 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Viterbo University, Western Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be hosting a second discussion to help  our community understand and support our new Afghan neighbors. The topics we will be covering during this event are U.S. refugee resettlement program basics, special immigrant visas, and tips for community members when interacting with our new Afghan neighbors.  Meet our panelists--

Genevieve Levy has a background in International Relations with a focus on peoples and nationalities and have worked in direct social services since 2005. Her experience working with the Afghan communities in Sacramento, CA, began in 2015 after starting and overseeing a refugee resettlement program from 2015-2021. Sacramento is now home to the largest Afghan community in the United States. Levy now works in the CA State Assembly as a District Director and has continued to support the local Afghan community in Sacramento. Levy and her colleagues have provided this presentation on more than 30 occasions over the last 5 years to medical professionals, educational institutions, direct social service providers, and the general public for educational (and appreciation) purposes. 

Nemat Sadat worked as a translator/cultural advisor for the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan from 2010-2014. He graduated from law school in Afghanistan and continued his education at Mcgeorge School of law. Nemat finished his LLM degree in 2019 and started his new/current job with Sacramento District Attorney's Office in late 2019. He worked from May 2015-December 2019 as Refugee Resettlement Coordinator.

The event will be live streamed for personal streaming accessibility. An in person live stream viewing event will be hosted at Western Technical College in Tomah, Community Room, 120 East Milwaukee Street, and at Viterbo University, Reinhart, room 134 (limited in-person attendance and face masks required).

Please go HERE to access the live stream of the event!

Unable to attend the live stream? A recording of the event will be posted HERE within a week of the event.


Past Community Events:

Supporting Afghan Evacuees: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 29th 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Viterbo University, Western Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be hosting a panel discussion to help our community understand and support our new Afghan neighbors.  Whether the guests at Ft. McCoy end up staying in our area long-term or not, we believe it is important to learn about and welcome people who have been through so much with as much Wisconsin hospitality as we can. We are excited to host our panelists --  Lt. Col. Erik Archer (ROTC/Military Science), Athony Chergosky (UWL Political Science), and Roberto Partarrieu (Catholic Charities).

The event will be held in person (following all CDC Covid safety guidance- face masks required) at Viterbo Fine Arts Center in the FSPA Lobby, live-streamed to Western Technical College in Tomah (limited in-person attendance and face masks required), and live streamed for personal streaming accessibility.

Access the recording of the event HERE

After watching the recording we would love to hear what you think. Fill out our short feedback form- HERE

Thank you Viterbo University for providing the recorded panel discussion.

UW-La Crosse Response & Resources:

UWL is collaborating with Viterbo University and Western Technical College, along with additional community organizations, to help coordinate volunteers and resources. Check this page for updates on action steps to support our Afghan guests.

Organizations working to support the Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy

  • Catholic Charities of La Crosse provides an opportunity for our community to donate items through online registries, as well as volunteer their time. Find information HERE.

  • Team Rubicon, a national organization that serves vulnerable populations affected by disaster, is organizing donation efforts of culturally sensitive clothing and winter gear using Amazon Wishlist. Find the wishlist HERE.

  • Welcome.us is a new national organization focused on engaging Americans and mobilizing support across sectors for Afghan refugees. Find information HERE

  • No One Left Behind is a national all-volunteer organization working to support Special Immigrant Visa recipients. They are accepting monetary donations HERE