Contact Us

Jaimie Cogua

Coordinator of EL, Dual Language, Migrant and Refugee Education

(531) 299-9405


Alana Schriver

Refugee Specialist
(531) 299-9580


Refugee Education


Abdi Hussein

Somali Liaison


Al Khoune

Karenni/Burmese Liaison


Jean Claude Ashimwe

(Ki)Swahili/French Liaison


Kumar Gurung

Bhutanese/Nepali Liaison


Nibras Al-Kadhim

Arabic Liaison


Paw Ni Thaw

Karen Liaison


For languages not listed, please contact the OPS Bilingual Liaison coordinator:

Javier Rodriguez-Torres at 531-299-9583.

If a bilingual liaison or contracted interpreter is not available, please use:

Certified Languages International (800-218-4906) for immediate over-the-phone interpreting services.

Students should never be used as interpreters.


Person who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Special Immigrant Visa (SIV):

Person who worked with the U.S. Armed Forces or under Chief of Mission authority as a translator or interpreter in Iraq or Afghanistan

Asylum Status:
A form of protection available to persons who:
- Meet the definition of refugee
- Are already in the United States, or
- Are seeking admission at a port of entry

For more information on refugees and the federal U.S. resettlement program, please visit: United Nations High Commission for Refugees: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR):

For local and cultural information, please visit: