Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota



January 4, 2012
SCSU Spring Convocation Panel on

Wellness and Immigrant Communities


  • Atwood Student Center, Glacier South

  • 2:15-3:15 pm
  • Click on this flyer for more info!

  • January 4th Convocation Panel on Wellness and Immigrant Communties

Fall 2010 Brownbag Colloquia Series


November 17th: Prof. Mónica García-Pérez ( Economics):
Prevention Versus Emergency: The Use of Emergency
Rooms by Minority and Immigrant Groups and the
Response of Health Centers in Minnesota

AUDIO LINKS: Part 1 Part 2

November 2nd: : Dr. Jimmy Patiño, Jr.,(Ethnic Studies)

on " “Raza Sí, Migra No”: Undocumented Immigration
and Chicana/o Mobilizations at the U.S. Mexico Border


AUDIO LINKS Part 1 Part 2


December 8th

Dr. Chukwunyere Ugochukwu (Community Studies)

will present on Colored Spaces:  New Communities of Color:
Place in Small Towns and Rural Areas.



Spring 2011 Global Goes Local Conference

Yes, we're doing the conference again, next spring! Already the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center has agreed to cosponsor next year's Global Goes Local Conference and made a generous $1,000 to our foundation account.


Spring 2010 Global Goes Local Conference

On April 12th and 13th, 2010, the Faculty Research Group held its first annual The Global Goes Local: The Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota Conference .  The 2 day -conference included panels that presented various collaborative efforts between faculty, students, and the community to develop data useful to both immigrant workers in the surrounding communities and university academics.  .


$10,000 Grant Awarded

The Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota was awarded a $10,000 Diversity Minigrant from the MNSCU Chancellor's Office on Equity and Affirmative Action.

5 professors from 3 COSS departments were awarded funds to do research on the social conditions of immigrant workers and their communities:

  1. Chuks Ugochukwu (CMTY)  is conducting research on patterns of Latino residential locations and discrimination in Gaylord, Wilmar, and Cold Spring, MN.
  2. Ajay Panicke(SOC) and Paul Greider(SOC) are conducting research on patterns of Somali immigration and labor market incorporation in the St. Cloud region
  3. Ed Greaves(POL) and Stephen Philion (SOC) are conducting research on ‘labor regimes’ on farms in Stearns County where Latino workers are employed.

I. The grant was generously matched with $2,000 from the College of Social Sciences Dean Frances Harrold. Click here to read the Recent Progress Report .


Nelly Ortiz

On December 4th, 2009, The Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota held its kickoff event, sponsoring a talk by Nelly Ortiz  on “Why We Leave: A Firsthand Account of Migration to the U.S.”, in the Atwood Theatre. The event was standing room only, filling the Atwood Little Theatre with an audience of almost 250. 

Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, Ortiz spoke about her experiences as an immigrant living in Chicago, scenarios for immigration reform and the structural explanations for immigration that are often ignored.  Ortiz moved to the U.S. in 1995 and is a founding member of Cleaning Power, a politically-conscious women’s house cleaning cooperative in Chicago. 

Ms. Ortiz was interviewed an hour before her talk, by SCSU Radio Station KVSC. You may listen to the interview.

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