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Atlas Week Events

The Atlas Week program will host an abridged version of Atlas Week online this year between April 27 and May 1. Please see the full schedule of events below.

Monday, April 27

ICN Disaster Nursing Competencies: What All Nurses in the World Need to Know

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

Sponsored by the International Council of Nurses, this event is a presentation on Disaster Nursing Competencies for new nurses and seasoned nurses who practice nursing globally.

Greece Refugee Crisis: Reflection and Action Amidst COVID-19

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

Since 2015, Greece has received 65,000+ asylum seekers and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other Middle East/African Nations. The massive influx led the UN Refugee Agency to declare an emergency inside the European Union, leading the EU to deploy the most expensive humanitarian response in history. This Atlas Week event will show the documentary "4.1 Miles," which captures the situation from the perspective of the Greek Coast Guard as they deal with the constant flow of rescues to save refugees attempting to cross from Turkey to Europe. The viewing will be followed up with a discussion on how to help fill a void for health care services in refugee camps, particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, participants will be called to action by writing postcards to Congress about the status of refugees.

Tuesday, April 28

Global Billikens: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom 

This session will offer an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Topics will cover the breadth of opportunities offered through Fulbright, the lifelong benefits of participating in the program, details about the application process and advice on how to craft a competitive application. Past Fulbright grantees and current applicants will provide their perspective on the experience.

Exploring Difficult Dialogue in Education and the Workplace

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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The featured topic will center upon overcoming difficult dialogue in educational settings and the workplace when working towards social justice and equality. It will be presented by guest speaker, Dr. Genita Williams-Simpson. 

Wednesday, April 29

International Refugee Care - Displaced But Not Forgotten

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

International refugee care remains a pressing global issue. Today’s world has more refugees seeking asylum than at any time since the end of WWII. Eighty-six percent of refugees are hosted in developing countries, severely straining existing social infrastructures. This presentation will introduce the principles of international refugee care, including the four recognized phases: Pre-Emergency/Mitigation Phase, Emergency Phase, Post-Emergency/Maintenance Phase, and Repatriation Phase. Throughout these phases, refugee leaders must attend to concern over security, location of settlements, mental stress, dependency and health needs.

Thursday, April 30

Fighting Poverty in Bangladesh

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

Learn how a small nonprofit in St. Louis is fighting extreme poverty in Bangladesh through their sister organization there. Poverty is being eliminated through the support of this nonprofit and many others helping families work toward self-sufficiency and experience the pride of caring for their family.

Friday, May 1

"Isang Pilipinas"

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

The Filipino Student Association will be discussing how COVID-19 is affecting the Philippines. They will share what the Philippines has been doing to reduce COVID-19 and how the citizens of the Philippines are uniting together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The event is called "Isang Pilipinas" which means "Philippines As One" to show the unity in the Philippines as they go through this crisis.

Open Strings: A Silk Road Lute Concert

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Attend on Zoom

Local Musician Chris Stephens performs traditional music from the Middle East, India and China with historic stringed instruments of the lute family.