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Faculty Network Weaving

The DMC Convening, an esteemed symposium, was meticulously designed to aggregate DePaul University’s distinguished faculty from diverse academic domains. The primary objective was to promulgate pioneering ideas within migration studies, cultivate robust professional relationships, and unearth prospective interdisciplinary collaborations. This half-day symposium encapsulated not merely academic discourse but also presented opportunities for informal collegial interactions, exceptional showcases of projects aimed at empowering immigrant communities, and enriching cross-disciplinary workshop dialogues. Whether attendees were seasoned experts or novices in the domains of migration, immigration, and refugee studies, the event catered to all.

Date: Friday, April 14, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: 14 E. Jackson, Dublin Room, 16th floor
Entrance facilitated through the Jackson elevator.

Event Summary

On April 14, 2023, DePaul University proudly showcased the DMC Convening—a distinguished symposium emblematic of the institution’s dedication to deepening the understanding of migration studies. Far from an ordinary academic assembly, the event was an expertly crafted gathering with the express purpose of uniting DePaul’s most accomplished faculty across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.

At its heart, the symposium championed innovative ideas, aiming to be a catalyst in the dynamic world of migration studies. Beyond mere knowledge sharing, it was an incubator for enduring professional alliances, setting the stage for future interdisciplinary collaborations—a beacon of hope for a comprehensive approach to the multifarious challenges posed by migration. The event unfolded as a rich fabric of thought-provoking sessions, underpinned by a commitment to mutual respect and camaraderie. Moments of structured discourse were beautifully juxtaposed with opportunities for spontaneous, enlightening exchanges among peers.

A standout segment of the event was its heartening showcase of projects—testaments to the university’s vision of uplifting and empowering immigrant communities. These initiatives were lauded not just for their academic merit but also for their humane touch. Complementing the showcase were cross-disciplinary workshops—a melting pot of ideas, debates, and innovative problem-solving strategies within migration, immigration, and refugee studies.

The DMC Convening’s inclusivity was, without doubt, its crowning glory. From revered academic veterans to budding scholars, the event embraced all, weaving together a vast tapestry of knowledge and perspective, rendering it a treasure trove of intellectual enrichment for attendees.

Event Proceedings and Highlights

The initial rendezvous was held on Tuesday, April 11, setting the stage for the primary event.

Prof. Shailja gracefully undertook the role of the Master of Ceremonies, ensuring punctuality and seamless session transitions.

Attendees were welcomed with an array of materials at the registration desk, including an exhaustive participant list, name badges, and informative handouts related to the CRM.

A notable mention is the commendable contribution of Ally and Allison, who were responsible for capturing the event’s essence through photography and assisting with various logistical facets.

The event commenced with an exquisite luncheon from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, followed by an introductory session about DMC, inclusive of project highlights and objectives.

Post the initial discourse, participants indulged in focused group workshops, addressing various pertinent subjects ranging from immigrant health and history narratives to innovative policymaking and community partnerships.

The day concluded with a plenary session, encompassing shared insights and future objective setting, and a sophisticated reception facilitating further academic and professional networking.

Reflections on Group Sessions

The small group sessions were enriched with dialogue, with recordings undertaken for future reference and research. Guided by their respective moderators, these sessions emphasized mutual interaction, learning, and knowledge dissemination. The focal point was the consolidation of insights, aimed at formulating actionable, collaborative strategies in the broader field of migration studies.