Immigrant issues conference
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A leading conference on the challenges facing new Americans returns April 9-11 at St. Cloud State.
Global Goes Local will ask immigrants, scholars, employers, family experts, health authorities and others to find solutions to immigrants’ problems and to celebrate their successes.
"The conference fosters understanding about the needs and cultural experiences of our newest neighbors,” said Stephen Philion. “We need to incorporate immigrants into the fabric of Minnesota society. Assimilation is a two-way street.” Philion is director of the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, part of St. Cloud State’s Social Science Research Institute.
Between 1982 and 2008, more than one million immigrants from 182 nations sought homes in Minnesota, according to a 2010 report by the Minneapolis Foundation. About one-third have remained in Minnesota, contributing to the state’s economic vitality. Bruce Corrie, a business professor at Concordia University, St. Paul, has estimated that the state’s Asian and Latino immigrants account for $7 billion in annual purchases.
Through keynote speakers and panel discussions, conferees will tackle topics such as workplace conditions, housing discrimination, immigrant economic power, access to culturally appropriate food, labor-organizing efforts, barriers to citizenship and anti-immigrant laws.
Meet the keynote speakers:
In its third year, the conference is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Affairs, School of Health and Human Services and Herberger Business School.
Off-campus sponsors include University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota Chicano Studies Department, Macalester College Global Citizenship Institute, Initiative Foundation, MidCountry Bank, Service Employees International Union Local 26, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1189, and the Gender Studies, Economics and Sociology departments at the College of St. Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.
For more information, contact Stephen Philion at email@example.com or 320-308-5497. Philion is a nominee for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, awarded nationally each year to a senior, tenured faculty for exemplary leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, community engagement and contributions to the public good.