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Numbers that Matter: Using Immigration Data to Advance Change



 

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We’re not just talking about numbers on a piece of paper…we’re talking about people.
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition

 

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Denzil Mohammed (top left) moderates a panel featuring (clockwise from top center): James C. Witte, PhD; Teresita Wisell; Alejandra St. Guillen; and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing the data is the first step for effective advocacy, research and education initiatives concerning immigration.

This was the overall theme of Numbers that Matter: Using Immigration Data to Advance Change, a free webinar from The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) Public Education Institute in Malden, MA, on December 6, 2016. Attendees from 39 states learned from experts in research, advocacy, immigrant integration and education while sharing their own ideas with colleagues from around the country.

 

Main takeaways:

  • Justin P. Lowry, PhD, of the Institute for Immigration Research (IIR), a joint venture between George Mason University and The ILC, demonstrated a powerful, free service called Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) that provides customized data for educators, civic leaders, social justice organizations or anyone interested in making a difference on immigration issues on a local, regional or national level.
  • Researchers, activists, community leaders and educators alike use data to access funding. For example, Alejandra St. Guillen of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston discussed how city officials will look at their municipal socioeconomic data related to their programs in order to engage the community and secure funding.
  • Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the National Skills Coalition explained that shared values are a necessity for advocacy. She recommended engaging different populations with a small project based on shared values and similar worldviews. It is also useful to juxtapose demographics with individual stories and photos to humanize your data and remind your audience that these numbers are people who contribute to society.

Resources and recordings:

For more resources and recordings from past webinars, click here.

 

Presenters:

alejandra-squareAlejandra St. Guillen

Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston

 

 

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Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

National Skills Coalition

 

 

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Justin P. Lowry, PhD

Institute for Immigration Research

 

 

tere-wisell-squareTeresita Wisell

Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

 

 

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James C. Witte, PhD

Institute for Immigration Research

 

 

Denzil Mohammed

Denzil Mohammed

The ILC Public Education Institute

 

 

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