Inclusion for All: A Community of Immigrants
Winchester Public Library – Large Meeting Room
This event is free and open to the public.
Inclusion for All: A Community of Immigrants will focus on creating a welcoming environment for people from all cultural backgrounds so that we all feel valued and respected in our community. The improvisational True Story Theater will dramatize individuals’ experiences to heighten understanding and empathy. Panelists will offer their personal and professional perspectives and strategies for enhancing inclusion.
Teacher, McCall Middle School
Heba Abu is a seventh grade math and science teacher in Winchester. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education. Originally from Egypt, she arrived in the United States in 2006. Heba believes that a teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning; it is a source of pleasure for her when she sees the impact she has on her students. She is also interested in politics and the promotion of positive dialogue between people of different religions. She is an active member of Egyptians in Boston, an organization focused on community service.
Michael Martel is an attorney with offices in Lynn and Boston whose practice concentrates on all aspects of immigration law. Shortly after graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 1984, he began representing individuals who were fleeing the civil wars then raging in Central America. He was a partner for ten years in the Boston Immigration firm of Ross, Martel and Silverman. As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, he mentors newer practitioners. He is the pro bono legal advisor to the accredited representatives who provide low cost immigration services through the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council and Agencia ALPHA — Immigration Advocates Network.
Rev. JP Robins
First Baptist Church, Winchester
Rev. JP Robins is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Winchester. Prior to entering vocational ministry, JP was a business development/product manager with a technology company, which brought him to the US in 2006. Originally from India, JP is sensitive to diverse cultures, having lived, studied, and worked in the US, India, and Botswana. He earned his MBA while working in Botswana and his Master of Divinity in Boston. JP and his wife, Elizabeth, are blessed with three children, two of whom were born in the US. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Winchester.
True Story Theater
Improvisational Theater Company
True Story Theater’s mission is to promote social healing by listening deeply to people’s stories and transforming them spontaneously into theater. They create a respectful atmosphere where every voice can be heard and any story told — however ordinary or extra-ordinary, difficult or joyful. True Story Theater presents fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.