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This video is a pilot study of the CIRCLE Project. CIRCLE is growing and constantly changing; the intention of this video is to capture its ongoing progress on film. The Video can be used as the bases for further research, as a tool for evaluating the development of CIRCLE and as an outline for evaluation and research on other projects such as this one.

CIRCLE is the Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership and Empowerment. CIRCLE uses participatory and organic means to community leadership development of refugee and immigrant communities in Western Massachusetts. The educational approach of CIRCLE evolves from the belief that knowledge of community development is best nurtured when combined with academic study, practical field work, and reflection. The Tibetan, Russian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian communities in Western Massachusetts are now involved with CIRCLE.

CIRCLE's goals are to provide support for leadership development of immigrant and refugee's goals and their communities; to provide a structure for understanding and appreciation for the identities and contributions of immigrants and refugee communities; to build collaborative long term relationships among immigrant and refugee communities and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



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