The DreamHour Migrant Series 2020: series of 21 presentations that focus on the migrant experience in America. It will showcase diversity, challenges, struggles, and successes through each individual’s participation highlighting the navigation of the cultural intersection between one’s home country and one’s new home. Today’s series consist of 3 speakers from different countries around the world.
5:30 PM, Doors open
6:00 – 6:45 PM,Tania Kayumova (Ukraine) – “You never know”
7:00 – 7:45 PM, Ramon Vasquez (Native American) – “Reversing Extinction”
8:00 -8:45 PM, Sichan Siv (Cambodia) – “Life, Love, Leadership”
Tania Kaiumova, Program Coordinator, has more than 10 years of experience in coordinating international events and programs both abroad and in the U.S. Her passion is creating and maintaining meaningful, long-term relationships both in business and personally. She graduated from the Ukrainian National University with a Master’s Degree in International Business where she was running several public events promoting regional business awareness in the European and Russian markets. She did this in her work for the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ukraine. In this capacity, she organized business trips abroad for local businesses and worked to increase the attraction of investors to that industrial area in Ukraine. She considers herself a “mediator” between different cultures, helping people to establish mutual understanding and find safe environments to discuss and exchange experiences. Ms. Kaiumova is gaining a broad understanding about San Antonio and its communities and works to assist international visitors to see the best sides of its rich history, to have genuine learning experiences and to find opportunities for international friendships. She has come 2,5 years ago and applied for asylum due to the situation in the Eastern Part of Ukraine
Ramon Vasquez was born in San Antonio and is an enrolled member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation. In 1998, he was appointed and currently serves as Executive Director of the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. The American Indians of Texas serves the indigenous population of Central and South Texas. Ramon has spent the last 15 years specifically working on community mobilization and Community/Academic partnerships. Primarily focusing on the mobilization of men in the areas of domestic violence, promoting positive images on fatherhood and confronting male stereotypes. Currently Ramon serves as the Mayor’ Appointed Chairman for the Violence Prevention and Recidivism Reduction Committee for San Antonio’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative.
Sichan Siv is the international bestselling author of the American Dream memoir “Golden Bones” and the political thriller “Golden State.” From 1989 to 1993, he served at The White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In 2001 he was appointed by President George W. Bush, after unanimous confirmation by the Senate, as an ambassador to the United Nations till 2006. Ambassador Siv received a master of international affairs from Columbia University.