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The Romanian community in the United States of America has been in desperate need of ARCHER for many years. We are a national group that knows historic crimes against humanity (the horrors of communist and fascist dictatorships) and part of a national identity that currently struggles with racism and discrimination in Romania (devastatingly targeted toward the Roma minority) and in the USA (living in diverse communities and living alongside and sharing space with BIPOC Americans). With ARCHER, the Romanian diaspora of the USA now has a platform where we can collectively fight for racial justice as well as where we can each share strategies for fighting for equality and human rights in our respective cities and states across the North American continent (as well as back in Romania, of course!).

Cristina A. Bejan

Historian, theatre artist, and poet

ARCHER wonderfully and consistently highlights the role of dialogue in making our world more just, whether engaging in politics or art or the powerful overlap between the two. ARCHER is a wonderful organization, and lucky to have you steering it!

Sorayya Khan

Author

Great organization promoting social justice and human dignity. I am proud to see the name “Romanian” attached to these values. They are very supportive of advancing immigrants’ rights and defending the vulnerable in our society. I feel grateful that I can be part of their journey as an immigration attorney and leader in the Romanian community

Dana Bucin

Immigration Attorney

When Mihaela Campion asked me to join a panel for an ARCHER discussion, I was honored and excited to participate. ARCHER hosts stimulating discussions for the Romanian community in the United States. The talks are uniquely curated opportunities for Romanians and their colleagues to awaken to human rights and social justice issues by hearing different perspectives of invited participants. The listener has the opportunity to post questions to the panel for consideration in a friendly, open forum. Respectful of varied experiences, each person finds a next step along a personal path to understanding injustices in our society today which in turn promotes another step toward equal human rights. Check out an ARCHER talk and see if you agree!

Rebecca Fritz

LCSW, JD

I recently had the privilege of being a featured guest for an ARCHER discussion, to present something very personal and vulnerable with what was to me a group of strangers. The panelists led the discussion with tremendous sensitivity, insight, and courage, and I found the ARCHER community to be remarkably open and curious. What a warm context within which to have some very difficult conversations (several members of the audience even responded with equal vulnerability). It was a truly memorable display of the best kind of multi-cultural, multi-generational discourse we can hope to grow ourselves collectively into better human beings.

Melissa Lorraine

Theatre Y Artistic Director

Professor, Director Centre for Medical Humanities, Oxford, UK

Marius Turda
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Immigration Attorney

Dana Bucin
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Historian, theatre artist and poet,

Cristina A. Bejan
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Journalism

Razvan Sibii
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Ph.D.

Douglas Mpondi
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Editor and journalist for Romanian American media

Marian Petruta

“I like ARCHER because of its mission and dedication to be socially responsible and to make the world a better place.”

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Executive Director American Romanian Cultural Society

Otilia Baraboi
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LCSW, JD

Rebecca Fritz
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Playwright

Saviana Stanescu
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Author

Sorayya Khan
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Justice activist and scholar from Romania, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ Roma Program, and Harvard instructor

Margareta (Magda) Matache
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Writer, research scholar, and the founder of the Roma Peoples Project at Columbia University.

Cristiana Grigore
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About ARCHER

  1. ARCHER starts as a Facebook Page created on July 4th 2020

    A group of enthusiastic Romanian American professionals in various fields, who are passionate about ideas, invite you to participate in conversations about cultural diversity and humanistic thought. We hope to forge a dialog between individuals and communities across borders of any kind so that we can learn from each others’ experiences and enrich our knowledge of being in the world.

  2. Strategic objectives (2021-2023)

    We engage diaspora communities through dialogue for a deeper understanding of history and current political and social events by examining and addressing prejudice and bigotry. We spark curiosity through open and honest conversations to examine the diverse cultural, personal, and professional experiences and to explore and understand personal biases. We champion sharing meaningful life stories and ideas to build cultural understanding and racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identity acceptance and inclusion. We establish and encourage the partnership and collaboration with social justice advocates and organizations, as a factor of change. We support research initiatives for a better understanding of racism and other social justice and human rights challenges. We collaboratively participate in educational projects to strengthen our communities’ capacity to advocate for acceptance and inclusion.

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