Undergraduate Certificate in Transforming Communities with a focus in Immigrant Human Services

Serving immigrants in the mission of God

Why Immigrant Human Services?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigrant Human Services offers community ministry practitioners, church planters, pastors, immigration caseworkers, consultants and counselors; refugee case managers, rescue coordinators, and resettlement workers; refugee ministry coordinators, and other human service professionals the following;

  • a theological understanding of immigration, refugees and justice
  • the capacity of spiritual caregiving for community transformation among resistent populations
  • a grasp of the causes and consequences of forced and voluntary migration
  • an analysis of the identity formation and adaptation issues of diaspora peoples
  • cultural competencies in multicultural interventions with immigrant individuals, families, organizations and communities
  • how to evaluate the impact of immigration on families and children and implications for human service providers
  • how to identify the contextual factors and epidemiologic mental and physical health issues of displaced persons
  • how to leverage the strengths, cultural resources and natural support systems for immigrant populations

Human services is an interdisciplinary field of study with the objective of meeting human needs through an applied knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The process involves the study of social technologies (practice methods, models, and theories), service technologies (programs, organizations, and systems), and scientific innovations that are designed to ameliorate problems and enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities to improve the delivery of service with better coordination, accessibility and accountability. The Undergraduate Certificate in Immigrant Human Services equips students to serve diaspora communities holistically by demonstrating the love of God among immigrant groups through the application of appropriate social and service technologies and the innovative delivery of diaspora services.