Immigrant center aims to educate

“After 9/11 , it became very clear that there was a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment in this country and a lot of misunderstanding about what immigrants actually bring to our economy and our culture,” said Diane Portnoy, cofounder and director of the center, who came up with the idea for the educational campaign in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Portnoy said that the center’s goal has always been to teach immigrants English but also “to see them become successful workers, parents, and community members.”