New Neighbors Series

New Neighbors Series: Welcoming Our New Neighbors

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: UW Center for Civic Engagement, James F. Veninga Theater
Address: 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI

Loading Map....


New Neighbors Series

In 2022, Central Wisconsin welcomed more than 175 refugees from countries like Afghanistan, Congo, Syria and Burundi. In addition, an unknown number of immigrants arrived here seeking asylum from places such as Nicaragua and Venezuela. This series will examine the histories and political situations in the homelands of our new neighbors. We’ll also find out about their journeys to our area and learn what our communities can do to ease their transitions.

Welcoming Our New Neighbors

January 25, 2023, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for “Welcoming Our New Neighbors,” a panel discussion on the process of welcoming recent newcomers to Central Wisconsin. The event will take place January 25, 7 p.m. at the UW Center for Civic Engagement and streamed online.

The discussion will be moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Shereen Siewert with guests from the Ethiopian Community Development Council, New Beginnings for Refugees and others. Interpretation will be offered both in-person and for the live stream in Dari, Pashto, Swahili, Hmong and Spanish.

Panelists include, Eric Yonke from the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Emmanuel Tuyaga, a new neighbor from Burundi, Nasiah Herr from New Beginnings for Refugees and the Hmong American Center, Francisco Guerrero from the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, and Erik Anderson, M.D., from the ECDC co-sponsorship program.

This series is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Ethiopian Community Development Council, and Wisconsin Public Radio. The events are free and open to the public, registration is not required.

To learn more about the New Neighbors Series, or to view a recap of the first event “Forced Displacement – The View from 10,000 Feet,” visit The event will be streamed online at:

View event flyer.