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Building United Communities of Immigrants and African Americans


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Free webinar for community-based and other organizations interested in encouraging dialogue, cooperation and more welcoming communities.


Building United Communities of Immigrants and African Americans offered interactive modules and live Q&As with experts from around the country for attendees to learn techniques for connecting experiences, encouraging dialogue and building integrated and welcoming communities.

Hosted on October 8, 2015, by The ILC Public Education Institute, the webinar offered the latest data and trends on today’s changing communities, historical and current perspectives on the relationship between immigrants and African Americans, and hands-on strategies to enhance dialogue, integration and community-building. A special module on research-based communication strategies to build community allies was also offered.

This free webinar was attended by leaders, practitioners and volunteers in community-based organizations, immigrant-serving groups, local government, economic development and faith organizations from 36 states and featured seven experts from around the nation.


Panel discussion

Clockwise from top left, Rhonda Ortiz moderates a panel discussion with Vanessa Carter, Amaha Kassa, Denzil Mohammed and Christine Sauvé.



Here are the modules that were presented, with links to recordings and slides:

Replicable Models and Tools to Build Integrated Communities:

  • Rhonda Moore-Ortiz, Project Manager, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California
  • Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director, African Communities United
  • Christine Sauvé, Southeast Michigan Communities Cordinator, Welcoming Michigan
  • Vanessa CarterSenior Data Analyst, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California

Communication Strategies to Create Allies and Spread Your Message (slides):

  • Julie Fisher-Rowe, Senior Framing and Messaging Coordinator, The Opportunity Agenda

Demographic, Historical and Political/Economic Dimensions of Tensions Between Immigrants and African Americans:

Changing Face of America: Portrait of the Foreign-born in the U.S.:

Drawing on 13 years of research and a range of expert partners, The ILC Public Education Institute delivers current and credible information through free webinars throughout the year. Learn more about our free webinars and online workshops.

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