Imagining a Society that is a Bridge to All
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5 - 6pm
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Edafe Okporo will share his personal story of coming to America as an asylum seeker, his work with refugees in New York. He will engage the audience in some exercises to understand how our bias towards refugees and displaced people are shaped and what we can do to build an inclusive society for LGBTQ people, refugees, and marginalized people.
The event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Registration required.
Edafe Okporo is a global gay rights activist and the executive director of the RDJ Refugee Shelter in Harlem. The shelter helps refugees transition to life in America. He is author of the forthcoming book Asylum, a Memoir & Manifesto by Simon and Schuster and founder of The Pont.
This series is co-organized by the Office of Student Affairs and Associate Dean Nada Ayad as a continuation of a reading and discussion series for first-year students that was held as part of the Fall 2020 new student orientation. In the spirit of The Cooper Union mission, the Black Student Union and the Cooper Climate Coalition, along with several other Cooper students and faculty, were deeply involved in the articulation of the program as well as in contributing to the reading list and suggesting speakers.