Utica is the city that loves refugees and over 25% of the cities population are former refugees. Kathryn Stam shares her story about how they are shaping our community, the challenges they face, and the lessons we can learn from them.
Kathryn R. Stam, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, New York. She is the Coordinator of the online Master’s Program in Information Design and Technology and she teaches undergraduate anthropology. Her specialties are cross-cultural communication, ethnography, Thai and Lao studies, and information technology. She speaks Thai, Lao, and some Nepali. As an advisor for the student group, “American and Refugee Students for Closer Connection,” she helps to organize activities for new refugees and local students to share their cultures and to ease the transition to American life for the new arrivals. Her most recent project is “Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY,” a SUNYIT-based collaborative project which brings students and community members together through events, exhibits, film, social media, field trips, and volunteer work (startingoverutica.com).