Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration
Free online workshop for immigrant-serving organizations. Attend one or attend all sessions. Register now.
Immigrant-serving organizations face challenges when reaching out to both foreign-born and native-born communities amid a landscape of ever-changing public opinion and political action. Learning data and tools for positioning immigrants as assets, gaining resources for supporting immigrants, and keeping abreast of immigration reform are vital to the success of these organizations.
“Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration” is designed for leaders and practitioners in immigrant-serving organizations nationwide from advocacy/integration to economic development to urban planning who want to be better informed on U.S. immigration issues. These issues include immigrant contributions, messaging strategies for public education, effective programming in immigrant integration, addressing tension between immigrant and African-American communities and progress on comprehensive immigration reform.
Drawing on 10 years of research and with a range of partners including the Immigration Policy Center, The Opportunity Agenda and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, as well as universities such as Rutgers, University of Southern California and Boston College, The ILC Public Education Institute delivers current, credible and crucial information through this free online workshop.
Day One, Feb 13: New Messaging Strategies
The national mood,”words that win” and narratives that positively portray immigrants to the wider community.
- How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration
- Julie Rowe, Senior Framing and Messaging Co-ordinator, The Opportunity Agenda
- Update on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Mary Giovagnoli, Executive Director, Immigration Policy Center
Day Two, Feb 26: Positioning Immigrants as Assets
Interweaving data, stories and people to show the benefits immigrants bring to their communities as entrepreneurs and workers.
- Positioning Immigrants as Assets
- Marcia Drew Hohn, EdD, Director, The ILC Public Education Institute
- The Changing Face of America: Data and Trends in U.S. Immigration
- Denzil Mohammed, Assistant Director, The ILC Public Education Institute
- Immigration Reform in the States
- Amanda Peterson Beadle, Research and Communications Associate, Immigration Policy Center
- Resources for finding more information
Day Three, March 11: Ideas for Creating Welcoming Environments
Supporting immigrant entrepreneurs/workers, connecting communities through shared values and building immigrant-friendly policies.
- Ideas for Creating Welcoming Environments
- Introduction by Manuel Pastor, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California
- Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Outreach and Program Evaluation, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
- Susan Downs-Karkos, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Welcoming America
- Westy Egmont, Director, Immigrant Integration Lab, Boston College
- Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
- Addressing Tensions Between Immigrant and African-American Communities
- How to Talk to Immigrants About Immigration Reform
- Cristina Aguilera, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition
- Resources for finding more information
The workshop includes interactive webinars and group chats so participants must be online between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. EST..
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- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Pop-up blockers must be turned off
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For questions about the workshops, contact Chiara Magini at email@example.com.
See presentations and resources from the 2013 Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration workshop.
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