Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers


Fall 2016

Emily Hipps from the International Institute of Minnesota.  
Nov. 1, 2016
2-3:15 p.m.
Atwood Memorial Center, Theatre
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Spring 2012

The Research Group won Best Community Initiative Award at the spring 2012 SCSU Community Engagement Fair.

Research Group Director Stephen Philion recently won the prestigious National Campus Compact Thomas Erlich Community Engaged Faculty Finalist Award.

January 4, 2012

SCSU Spring Convocation Panel on Wellness and Immigrant Communities

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.

Fall 2010

Brownbag Colloquia Series 

Prevention Versus Emergency: The Use of Emergency Rooms by Minority and Immigrant Groups and the Response of Health Centers in Minnesota

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

Colored Spaces:  New Communities of Color: Place in Small Towns and Rural Areas

  • December 8th
  • Dr. Chukwunyere Ugochukwu (Community Studies)
  • More information (docx)

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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