ESL and Acculturation
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The Community Dialogue for Change program was developed to empower refugee and immigrant communities to embrace visions of family life built on meaningful communication and mutual dignity, safety, and self-respect. The Dialogue stems from a desire to realize fundamental changes capable of reducing the incidence of domestic violence in the long term. The majority of participants at any given time are Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees, including married couples, other related family members, and single persons. We provide safe spaces in which participants can raise and discuss questions about family and gender relations and family violence, and illuminate beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and ways of living that can then be examined and questioned. Each three-hour, bi-weekly meeting generally centers on a specific presentation, activity, or discussion topic.


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