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Virtual Conversations

While at the national level, the migration of people from Mexico, Central and South America is being debated, here in Wisconsin, many of us have not had opportunities to meet or talk with immigrants from these places. The stories in this exhibit have been shared freely so we all can deepen our understanding of immigrants’ lives, as well as history and policy.

With this commitment to increasing understanding, we invite you to join your neighbors in small-group virtual conversations of 4-8 people for 90 minutes. These intimate conversations about what immigration means to each of us, and to our communities, are accessible to everyone in Wisconsin. These gatherings will be moderated by trained Facilitators using a discussion guide and allow everyone a chance to get to know each other before talking about important topics about immigration and immigrant experiences.

We believe in the power of individual voices. Immigrant Journeys Virtual Conversations are happening thanks to our partnership with the Local Voices Network (LVN), founded on this shared belief. Immigrant Journeys Virtual Conversations are important on several levels. One, they are a chance to talk and learn about an important issue. But secondly, thanks to our partnership, each gathering produces a digital record of participants’ perspectives, which help civic leaders, journalists, legislators, and others hear from real people. People like you.

If you would like to get involved, or if you know someone in your community who might be interested in getting involved, scroll down below for more details.

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Events and Further Information

Upcoming Conversations


Rice Lake, Barron County
Organizer: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Event Time: 4:30PM – 6:00 PM | December 8, 2020

How to Get Involved


You can get involved by becoming a Facilitator and working together with us and the LVN to host Virtual Conversations in your community. Alternatively, you can become an Organizer and find members in your community to participate.

You can click on the corresponding drop-down tabs below to find out more information on each of these options.

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[Potential Facilitators] How can I facilitate a Virtual Conversation in my community?

We’ve formed a partnership with the Local Voices Network (LVN) and are ready to use their skills to help you – or someone else in your community – facilitate a virtual conversation about immigration for a small group of 4-8 people.

The unique feature of the Immigrant Journeys Virtual Conversations, thanks to LVN, is that they will be recorded (anonymously if participants wish) and shared widely with others statewide and nationally, including with Wisconsin’s media and our public officials.  This is a special opportunity for us to work together to lift up the voices of community members who will enjoy reflecting in an intimate group, with helpful conversation prompts, on the themes in the exhibit.

Are you interested in organizing and facilitating a conversation for this project? It’s an excellent opportunity for you and/or someone from your team to:

    • Hone skills in conversation facilitation
    • Connect more deeply with your community members
    • Contribute to a digital archive that will become a time capsule of our current moment

To Facilitate the virtual conversation, you or someone in your community will:

Participate in a 2-hour Facilitator orientation session, courtesy of the Wisconsin Humanities.

    • The Facilitator learns to use the very simple Immigrant Journeys facilitator guide that provides an easy-to-use script that will take you from start to finish, including conversations prompts.
    • The Facilitator does NOT need any expertise when it comes to the exhibit itself or the topic of immigration, nor do participants need to have seen the exhibit.
    • Should no one in your community be interested in facilitation training, we will provide a Facilitator (see the drop-down tab below).

The LVN Facilitator Training Sessions happen once every first and third Thursday of each month at different times, and if those times don’t work for you, we may be able to schedule a Facilitator orientation based on the needs of other potential Facilitators and your availability.

We’ll be hosting these conversations throughout 2020 and 2021. Please let Cristopher Font-Santiago <fontsantiago@wisc.edu>, the Project Manager, know if you’re interested in hosting a conversation for this exhibit as a Facilitator!

[Potential Organizers] How can I participate in a Virtual Conversation?

We aim to keep the Virtual Conversations within a local community, as this approach allows for the most impact and dialogue. If you would like to participate in a conversation, but you are not interested in becoming a Facilitator, there are two options:

    1. You can identify a local community leader or organizer who could become a Facilitator and lead the discussion. They can read the tab above or contact Cristopher Font-Santiago <fontsantiago@wisc.edu>, the Project Manager, directly.
    2. You can identity a group of 4-8 people from your local community (yourself included) who would be interested in participating in a virtual conversation on immigration. We can then provide a Facilitator for you and set up the conversation. Contact Cristopher Font-Santiago <fontsantiago@wisc.edu>, the Project Manager, directly if you would like to explore this option.

Are you interested in organizing a conversation for this project? It’s an excellent opportunity for you and/or someone from your team to:

    • Connect more deeply with your community members, and
    • Contribute to a digital archive that will become a time capsule of our current moment

The unique feature of the Immigrant Journeys Virtual Conversations, thanks to the Local Voices Network (LVN), is that they will be recorded (anonymously if participants wish) and shared widely with others statewide and nationally, including with Wisconsin’s media and our public officials.  This is a special opportunity for us to work together to lift up the voices of community members who will enjoy reflecting in an intimate group, with helpful conversation prompts, on the themes in the exhibit.

The Virtual Conversations would be conducted on Zoom, and we would have a technical specialist from LVN who would manage and record the conversation. We’ll be hosting these conversations throughout 2020 and 2021.

Past Virtual Conversations