Hilario Molina, professor of sociology at IUP and
research associate at the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for
Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH), recently spoke at a program backed
by the Refugee Working Group of Indiana, titled “Texting Thru Recovery: Where is
The program, held at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana,
raised money for the Casa San Jose center in Pittsburgh, whose mission is aimed
towards assisting Latino immigrants in becoming accustomed to American culture.
Molina spoke candidly about his experiences growing up as
the son of migrant workers. He also addressed several stereotypical
misconceptions many people tend to hold regarding immigrants. He explained that
many immigrants work diligently to learn the English language and have strong
work ethics in often undesirable fields of employment.
Molina then went on the
address the refugee movement in Mexico, calling their traveling a “Christian
caravan.” He asserts that they would not be making the journey at all if they
did not have devout religious faith.
To view the full article about the program, visit the
Indiana Gazette website.