Recent Webinar

Strategic Conversations: Deep Engagement to Build Broader Support for Immigrants

Many of the deep divisions in America stem from misinformation, particularly about immigrants. Much of what an immigrant is today is constructed out of myths versus reality. Letting loose facts on the American public is insufficient in changing minds, however. Instead, sustained conversations, deep canvassing, positive framing and tapping into tested core beliefs are proven and effective ways to improve public opinion about immigrants.

Experts in deep canvassing, messaging, demographic change and conflict resolution held the free webinar Strategic Conversations: Deep Engagement to Build Broader Support for Immigrants on Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST.

This webinar is for any member of the public, including educators, students, volunteers, immigrant- and refugee-serving professionals, researchers, law enforcement, local leaders and the media. A recording and resources are available here.

You will learn: 

  • Understanding the populations with misinformed views of immigrants
  • The tested core beliefs that can positively reinforce your messages
  • Strategies for conversations, canvassing and messaging that uplift public opinion on immigrants and immigration and pivot toward solutions and an alternative vision.

Technical requirements: 

  • An Internet connection
  • Speakers
  • You may be prompted to authorize a plug-in
  • In order to participate by tablet or smartphone, you must download the free Zoom app for iPhone or Android
  • Other system requirements as determined by Zoom


Rachel Brown
Author, Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech
Founder, Over Zero

Justin Gest, PhD
Author, The White Working Class: What Everyone Needs to Know
Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Mohammed Naeem
Associate, More in Common

Kimberly Serrano
Messaging Research Project Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center

Photographer: Mark Doyal, Michigan Conference of The United Methodist ChurchCaitlin Homrich-Knieling
Small Town Statewide Organizer, Michigan United

(Photo credit: Mark Doyal, Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church)

Denzil Mohammed
Director, The ILC Public Education Institute

View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research.

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