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Taking Back the Narrative: How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration


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It’s up to us as communicators to start the story in a way that brings out the values and solutions that we want.
Julie Fisher-Rowe, The Opportunity Agenda


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Denzil Mohammed (top left) moderates a panel featuring (clockwise from top center): Marisa Gerstein Pineau, PhD; Hannah Carswell; Julie Fisher-Rowe and Lynn Tramonte.

Framing immigration to change the conversation

Facts and stats don’t lie but they also don’t often make for the most compelling retort to an immigration myth. Instead, frame facts and statistics in terms of values and stories that highlight these values. This was one of the takeaways from the free webinar Taking Back the Narrative: How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration, hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute on February 23, 2017. In front of attendees from 47 states, experts in framing, messaging and communications offered research-based strategies for immigrant- and refugee-serving professionals to own the conversation on immigration.

Attendees learned to…

  • Start with the facts when refuting the myths.
  • Be solution-oriented when framing an argument.
  • Focus on the whole by balancing individual stories with system-wide solutions.
  • Substitute divisive and fear-based rhetoric with more positive and inclusive language.
  • Use research-based frames such as shared values, pragmatism and shared prosperity in messaging.

Below are recordings and slides from the webinar. To be notified of the dates for the next webinar, sign up here.


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Marisa Gerstein Pineau, PhD

FrameWorks Institute

Lynn Tramonte

America’s Voice


Hannah Carswell

Welcoming America


Julie Fisher-Rowe

The Opportunity Agenda


Denzil Mohammed

Denzil Mohammed

The ILC Public Education Institute

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 and interactive online workshops throughout the year. Learn more here.

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