Ackerman Center Supports Immigration Clinic

Ackerman Center Donates Books to LUM Citizenship Classes

LUM Immigration Clinic has partnered with the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University.

The director of the Ackerman Center, Dr. Phil VanFossen, and assistant director, Anne Murphy-Kline, generously donated teachers manuals, world maps, and 50 textbooks to the LUM Citizenship Classes. This donation will provide each student and each teacher their own books to use during the course. Additionally, Anne Murphy-Kline has been working with the volunteer teaching staff to provide a framework from which teachers can plan their lessons. The research-based methods will promote greater comprehension and retention of the course material. Last but not least, the Ackerman Center is enabling LUM to qualify for a USCIS Citizenship & Assimilation Grant, getting us closer to possibly receiving thousands of dollars in additional funding. Nancy Clark, the LUM Citizenship Classes volunteer coordinator, stated, “This partnership between the Ackerman Center and the Citizenship program at LUM will definitely facilitate the students’ path to a successful completion of this program.

{Pictured above L to R: Nancy Clark, Phil VanFossen & Anne Murphy-Kline}

The LUM Immigration Clinic with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy offers free Citizenship Classes – NOW through August 10, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Volunteers are needed to teach, bring refreshments and provide child care. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. To sign up to volunteer, click HERE. For more information about LUM Citizenship Classes, click HERE.

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