Conference Details

The conference was originally convened to celebrate the accomplishments of refugees in Washington State.  While we still celebrate those many varied accomplishments, the conference has grown into an information-sharing event where participants and presenters come together to develop ways to address the complex challenges refugees and immigrants face in Washington State.
There will be many avenues for learning and sharing at the 2009 conference, including workshops, plenary speakers, social/networking time, and poster sessions.  For a list of topics that will be covered at the conference, click here.

This statewide conference will be convened by The Refugee Planning Committee, which is comprised of various stakeholders involved in the resettlement, self sufficiency and well-being of refugees.  Many individuals, organizations, foundations, and companies make this conference possible.  Click here for a list of the financial contributors who have made this year's conference possible.



There are many ways to get to the University of Washington.  We highly recommend taking public transportation or carpooling if you are able!  Parking is very limited.  Bus routes serve the University of Washington from all over the Puget Sound region.  The following bus routes go directly onto the campus: 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 133, 205, 272, 277, and 372.  There are many more routes that stop next to the campus.  To plan your bus route, please visit the King County Metro Trip Planner webpage:  You can also visit the University of Washington’s Commuter Service webpage:


Limited pre-paid parking is available on a “first-come, first-served” basis in the Padelford and Central Parking Lots on the University of Washington campus.  Arrive early to get a space and to avoid long lines!  Once those pre-paid slots are full you will be directed to other pay-to-park lots on campus.  Parking is limited, so please consider alternative methods of transportation!  For detailed parking maps of the Padelford and Central parking areas, see pages 6-7.  Once at the parking lot gatehouse, please tell attendants, “I have arranged for parking under the Refugee and Immigrant Conference.”

The Husky Union Building (HUB)/Student Union Building
The conference will be held in the Husky Union Building.  Please enter the HUB through the northwest or southwest-facing doors.  Registration and check-in will be on the 2nd floor of the HUB, in the hallway between the West Ballroom and rooms 209A/B.   See HUB floor plan on page 8.

Registration and Check-In

Check-in and Registration begin at 8:00 am on both Friday and Saturday.  Please arrive promptly to beat the crowds. Also be sure to bring a copy your “Registration Confirmation and Receipt of Payment” letter and/or your “Scholarship Confirmation” email, and a piece of identification to the registration and check-in tables. You will receive a Conference Packet (with maps, workshop descriptions, presenter bios, and entertainment information) and a nametag when you check in. If our capacity allows for it, we will allow walk-ins.  Space is limited, so register in advance!  REGISTRATION IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

There will be two workshop sessions on both Friday and Saturday from 10:30-12:00 noon, and 1:30-3:00 pm.  For a list of workshops, please see pages 10-14 of this Pre-Conference Packet.

Interactive Poster Sessions
There will be poster sessions, exhibits and presentations in the Ballroom on Friday, March 13th from 3:30-5:00 pm.  There you will be able to ask questions of the presenters, and casually mill about to learn more about each program or project.  Please see pages 14-15 for a list of poster sessions.

Resource Room
There will be space for organizations to display materials about their program at the conference. Note: this must be coordinated in advance. Please email Mary Turla at for more information.


There will be breakfast, lunch and evening appetizers served on Friday, and breakfast and lunch served on Saturday.  If during the course of the conference you would like to purchase other snacks, there is a food court on the ground floor of the HUB.  Most vendors are open on Friday, and only a few are open on Saturday.  Most vendors only accept cash payments.  Please plan accordingly.

Washington Refugee and Immigrant Conference,
Jul 17, 2008, 7:54 PM