Local News

December 23, 2013

IUPUI center for Burmese receives $600K

HHS supporting work with 3-year grant.

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted $600,000 to the Burmese Community Center for Education supporting work that involves two faculty from the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The three-year grant supports the BCCE Community Self-Empowerment Program, an ongoing project of the nonprofit organization with offices on the north side of Indianapolis established just over three years ago to assist immigrants from the war-torn country.

The project is directed by May Oo Mutraw, BCCE director, and Neineh Plo and Jerry Htoo, BCCE assistant directors. The principal investigators on the project are School of Education Educational Leadership and Policy Studies faculty members Thu Suong Thi Nguyen, an assistant professor, and Brendan Maxcy, associate professor.

The grant, awarded from the HHS Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement, is designed to support community-based organizations such as the BCCE. The Indianapolis organization has been conducting work largely through volunteers based in a building at First Baptist Church. The focus is on education, workforce development, family and social health, and housing for the Burmese community, estimated to be more than 8,000 in Indianapolis.

“The funding supports ongoing program efforts in two ways,” Nguyen said. “The BCCE connects community members with bridging services to help their transition to this country. The center also provides advocacy and education programs to empower the community.”

Nguyen’s research focuses on how students from immigrant families navigate their new environments and how educational policies and practices affect their experience. She began working with the BCCE shortly after it began. Nguyen’s work on the experience of refugee families and students is informed by personal experience. Her parents fled Vietnam when Saigon fell in 1975 and resettled in Texas.

Burma, officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar as designated by the military government, has largely seen little but conflict since the military junta overthrew the democratic government in 1962. Refugees have fled the country since, only slowing slightly since the military government dissolved in 2011 following elections that installed civilian leadership.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT042014 Monk String-MAK Local Lao-Thai celebration brings 'new year, new life' Five Buddhist monks sat cross-legged on the stage of the Cass County Memorial Home Saturday morning, draped in orange robes, their hair cropped close to their heads. Those in attendance sat and knelt on rugs before them, many wearing sashes over thei

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Hospital CEO calls for growth Logansport Memorial Hospital's president and CEO said the facility will continue with its goals for growth in his State of the Hospital address Friday. Among the hospital's goals for 2013 were to preserve existing net revenues and resources, achieve

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-PT042014 ballistics vest.jpg Protective investment: Family donates dog's bulletproof vest A local family recently donated a bulletproof vest to protect the Cass County Sheriff's Department's new canine, Kurby. Dr. Gerhardt Winkel III, his wife Stephanie and their children Elizabeth and Benjamin donated the vest because Kurby is a Belgian

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 miami co crash.jpg Two injured in Miami County crash PERU -- Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 19. According to a preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police, Rachael Pegg, 23, Mexico, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Intr

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 smith retirement.jpg Pastor retiring after 36 years After 36 years at Logansport First Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Dr. Horace Smith thinks it's time to call it quits. Smith is preaching his last sermon next Sunday as the church's pastor. He and wife Linda Smith plan to remain in Logansport, which

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 19, 2014

  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

     View Results