"Professional development webinars are important for invested teachers to learn from others in the field. I try to absorb whatever I can as an educator not only to upgrade my skills but also to become a more reflective teacher and to try more creative ways to connect with my adult immigrant learners. Great job! Thank you so much!"Click here to learn more about the free online workshop for educators. You can also view teacher resources. The workshop is hosted annually in July. Sign up to be informed when details become available for the next workshop. See blog posts for previous workshops for educators in 2013, 2012 and 2011.
- Roshii Jolly, NY
Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year, Life Science BusinessJosef von Rickenbach from Switzerland, chairman and CEO of PAREXEL International Corp. in Waltham
Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year, High-Tech BusinessDr. Fauzia Khan and Mansoor Khan from Pakistan, founders of Alere Analytics in Lowell
Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year, Business GrowthFitzroy Alexander from Grenada, founder of Traditional Breads, Inc. in Lynn
Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year, Neighborhood BusinessRosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador from the Dominican Republic, founders of Tremendous Maid LLC
In delivering the proclamation in downtown Boston, Gov. Patrick emphasized the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants who start businesses and create jobs that fuel the Massachusetts economy.[caption id="attachment_5388" align="alignright" width="292"] Immigrant entrepreneur Charles Mwangi, founder of Comfort Care Resource Group, left, speaks with Gov. Deval Patrick.[/caption]
Three such immigrant business owners were on hand including Charles Mwangi (Kenya) of Comfort Care Resource Group in Malden who was featured in Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Growing Industries: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy, the latest report from The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC). Along with Mwangi (pictured at right), Victoria Amador (Dominican Republic), co-founder of Tremendous Maids in Jamaica Plain, and Suren Masumyan (Armenia), founder of SurriMassini, Inc. in Swampscott, were presented with citations by Gov. Patrick. See videos of other outstanding entrepreneurs in The ILC's Immigrant Entrepreneur Interview Series.
Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month takes place from October 15 to November 15, 2013. It kicks off a series of events into 2014 by The ILC and the New Americans Integration Institute at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition. It culminates in May with the 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. (See the 2013 winners here.)
The Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month initiative is led by The ILC, MIRA's New Americans Integration Institute and the Office for Refugees and Immigrants. It recognizes the significant contributions that foreign-born innovators and business owners make to the Commonwealth. In greater Boston alone, immigrants own more than 8,800 small businesses representing $3.7 billion in annual sales and employing 18,500 people, according to data from the Boston Redevelopment Authority. ILC-commissioned research shows that one-third of leisure and hospitality businesses in Massachusetts were founded by immigrants and that immigrant entrepreneurs have founded or co-founded 26 percent of Massachusetts biotech companies and produce $7.6 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 4,000 people.Click here to visit the Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month 2013 website.
It was serendipitous, my internship at The ILC Public Education Institute.
I had just finished my first year of graduate school and had planned to spend the summer in South Asia conducting research for my thesis. Unexpectedly, I found myself in "visa limbo" and was grounded on the East Coast for six weeks longer than planned. Eager to be useful, I was connected with Dr. Marcia Drew Hohn who invited me to spend my time treading water with The ILC Public Education Institute.
How fortunate I was.
Welcomed by The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy and The ILC's staff, I worked on the fourth floor at The ILC Public Education Institute captained by Marcia and skippered by Denzil Mohammed with Chiara Magini as first mate. I was charged with developing a comprehensive outreach plan for the annual, free online workshop for educators Teaching Immigration Across the Curriculum. Through this workshop, The ILC Public Education Institute equips K-12 and community educators across the country with valuable data, techniques and tools about teaching immigrant students.
The project involved sifting through past participant workshop evaluations, making phone calls to gain perspective from public, private and charter school teachers, and doing a lot of Googling (or, as we say in grad school, "researching"). With some tips from Denzil and Chiara, I was able to develop a detailed strategy for reaching out to teachers across the country to share this free educational opportunity.
In so doing, I learned how teachers get information about professional development opportunities, how they organize themselves and from whom they get credible information. I also learned about immigration trends and about services provided by small, not-for-profit organizations in towns I previously could not have placed on a map.Most of all, I learned how deeply The ILC staff members care about their constituents, including new Americans. That was among the things I took away from the experience: their passion for their work and the welcoming spirit of The ILC staff, who were so kind during my five weeks at the office. Flynn Jebb is a student at International Christian University in Tokyo under the auspices of a Rotary Peace Fellowship. She is working on her master's in peace studies after earning a bachelor's in political science and theater at The College of the Holy Cross. Flynn hails from the Adirondacks in New York. The ILC Public Education Institute welcomes interns and volunteers in research, education, graphic design, marketing and video production to enhance their skills in an exciting field while helping the Institute to further its mission of "Promoting immigrants as assets to America." Contact Chiara Magini at firstname.lastname@example.org.