Sharing Our Story


June 2019
Education and Encounter
Villanova Campus Ministry: Connections Retreat
Radnor, PA
Aide Cuenca-Narvaez and Carid Maranan

May 2019
Designing public spaces for young people: Processes, practices and policies for youth inclusion 
Panel on Youth Inclusion in Public Space
Environmental Design Research Association
Brooklyn, NY
Andrea Rusli, Atianah Thomas, and Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Immigrants are Welcome Here: Signs, Symbols, and Temporal Artifacts of Urban Belonging
Authors: Bethany J. Welch, Guadalupe Mendez, and Andrea Rusli
Paper to be presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Invited program
Creative Action: Racial Justice 
Mara Imms and Daria Ward
Waldron Mercy Academy
Philadelphia, PA 

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Conference Plenary: We Belong to Each Other: Enacting Sanctuary in a Time of Exclusion
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D.
Sponsored by: Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, meeting with the regional Society of Biblical Literature
New Brunswick, NJ

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Imms, M, Applebaum, L., and Welch, B. “Creativity and Belonging: Crafting an Intergenerational Project-Based ESOL Class
Penn Ethnography Forum
University of Pennsylvania |Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 7PM
Panel Discussion: Love Thy Neighbor: Faith-Based Refugee & Immigrant Services in Philadelphia
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D.
Sponsored by Faith-Justice Institute
St. Joseph’s University | Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 10AM-3PM
Fight Racism
Diocese of Camden Life & Justice Gathering 
Aquinas Center’s Youth Researchers will facilitate the afternoon portion of this dialogue and will focus on institutionalized racism, the history of race and the U.S. Catholic Church, white privilege, and ways to create communities of inclusion.
Saint Charles Borromeo Church | Sicklerville, NJ

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 12:30PM
Food Sovereignty| Philadelphia Assembled 
Monthly Growers Series – Transcending Place, Creating Culture
Carid Maranan, YEP/Kasama Farmstand Coordinator
Perelman Building | Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, September 22, 2017 – 10:30AM
Personal Stories of Migration
Convening – Catholic Coalition for Immigrants and Refugees
Martina Hyacinth, Operations Coordinator
Cabrini University, Radnor, PA

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Encounter, Beauty, and Justice
Villanova University
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D. and Carmel Maranan

Friday, February 24, 2017 – 1:45 PM Workshop Series II
PHENND Conference: Immigration 
Striving for Mutuality: Re-Imagining Community/University Service Learning Experiences
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D., Sabina Marroquin, Martina Hyacinth
Cabrini University, Radnor, PA 

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 4:45pm – 6:00pm, GSE 300
38th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum
Reading Place: Teens Acquiring Spatial Literacy in Pursuit of Inclusive Public Space
Carid Maranan, Atianah Thomas, Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D., Madeline Dahlin
Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 21, 2017 – 8:00am – 9:25am
Activist Scholarship Special Session: Transnational Communities and Immigrant Housing Pressures – Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting
Beautiful Walls: Mural Making and Precarity in the City 

Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN


A Celebration of Compassion… (2019)

New Mural at St. Thomas Aquinas encourages inclusion (2019)

Migrants, families plead to ‘make America great through love,’ not hatred (2019)

Serving South Philly’s Vietnamese Community… (2019)

Penn GSE prof. wins award for book on the role of literacy in immigrant communities (2019)

‘Thank you for saving us’: Refugees start new life with Catholics’ help (2018)

Let’s be that city for Dreamers – Philadelphia Inquirer (2017)

Interview with Aquinas DACA youth – Newsworks/WHYY (2017)

Parish partnership creates culture of inclusion – National Catholic Reporter (2016)

Philadelphia Inquirer – Pope defends migrants and Aquinas Center to house pilgrims during World Meeting (2015)

Immigration Advocates in Philadelphia See Affirmation in Pope’s Visit – New York Times (2015)

Newsworks/WHYY – Papal pilgrims to be housed at Aquinas Center (2015)

Aquinas Center hosts Indego Bikeshare  (2015)

Aquinas Center becomes place for intercultural conversation and education (2013)

Aquinas Center supports immigrants through education and organizing efforts (2014)


Biernbaum, A. and B. Welch, Rusli, A. (2020) Mindful Mapping: Re-Centering Youth Perspectives on Neighborhood Change. In Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion. Eds. Loebach, J. and S. Little, A. Cox, and P.E. Owens. Routledge, New York, NY. (Under contract, forthcoming)
Welch, B., and A. Rusli, M. Dahlin, M. Taylor, A. Thomas. (2020)  Philadelphia Youth Call for Equitable Development. In Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion Eds. Loebach, J. and S. Little, A. Cox, and P.E. Owens. Routledge, New York, NY. (Under contract, forthcoming)

Bethany J. Welch, Atianah Thomas, and Andrea Rusli (2017). “Faith in Action: Immigrants, Refugees, and Allies Pursue a Holistic Vision for Community-Initiated Education, Organizing, and Accompaniment,” Social Innovations Journal: Issue 38.

Welch, B.J. “Beautiful Walls: Reclaiming Urban Space through Mural Making, Perspectives on Urban Education, 13(1): 81–85, Spring 2016.

Gerald CampanoMaría Paula Ghiso, and Bethany J. Welch (2016.) Partnering with Immigrant Communities: Action Through LiteracyTeachers College Press, Columbia, New York, NY.

Welch, B.J. (June 8, 2015). Five keys to building communityMillennial Journal.

Gerald CampanoMaría Paula Ghiso, and Bethany Welch (2015Ethical and professional norms in community-based researchHarvard Educational Review: April 2015, Vol. 85, No. 1, pp. 29-49.