A Conversation with Becky Field, Photographer

Embracing Diversity in New Hampshire

The Diversity Awareness Committee of the NH NASW in partnership with Plymouth State University is excited to announce three seminars to increase understanding of the needs of refugee and new immigrant communities in New Hampshire

A Conversation with Becky Field, Photographer

Ms. Field is a local photographer who has documented the lives of New Hampshire’s immigrants and refugees. Her book, Different Roots, Common Dreams, celebrates the resilience and beauty of New Hampshire’s diverse families.

This is one of three seminars offered by NH NASW and PSU

All seminars are free to participants, though registration is required

One Category 1 Clinical CEU has been applied for

Please email admin.naswnh@socialworkers.org for more information or call 603.226.7135

For more information and to register click here

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