Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers

2014 Global Goes Local Conference

April 8-9, 2014

Conference Schedule (pdf available)

All Events Free and Open to the General Public!

Tuesday, April 8th


Panels and Keynotes

Atwood Student Center
9:30-10:45 Somali Childcare Providers and Economic Justice in Minnesota
Garat Ibrahim, AFSCME Organizer
Hawo Gurey, Minneapolis Child Care Provider
Voyageurs North

11-12:15 Panel 1



Interactive Collaboration to Serve Young Immigrant Children and Their Parents
Theresa Estrem, Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Monica Sequra-Schwartz, IRR, Catholic Charities of St. Cloud
Mayuli Bales, Executive Director, Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Services
Florence Orionzi, African Women's Alliance, Graduate Student in Child & Family Studies
Fatumo Abdulkadir, Certified Community Health Worker

Voyageurs North

11-12:15 Panel 2

St. Cloud's Role in Making Comprehensive Immigration Reform for 11 Million Aspiring Citizens Possible
Veronica Loredo, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles
Kathy Peterson, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles



“Somalis in Minnesota in Comparative Perspective"
Cawo Abdi (UMN, Sociology Professor)


2-3:15. Panel 1

Winds of Political Change: The Implications of MPLS Immigrant City Council Victories on St. Cloud’s Upcoming City Council Elections (PDF)
Mohamud Noor, Minnesota House Seat 60b Candidate
Abdullahi Kulane, St. Cloud City Council Race Candidate

2-3:15 Panel 2

Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota
Monica Garcia-Perez, St. Cloud State Department of Economics
Antonia Wilcoxon, MN Department of Human Service
Dorothy Bliss, MN Department of Health
Jose Gonzalez, MN Department of Health

3:30-4:30 Seeing Far, Working Near:  The Making of a Global Goes Local Gallery Exhibition
Keith Christensen, St. Cloud State Department of Art
Students from ART 420 Systems Design

Opening of Seeing Far, Working Near (PDF)
Posters on International Issues & Data Portraits of Local Immigrant Workers

SCSU Design Students and
Keith Christensen, Department of Art

Atwood Gallery

Wednesday, April 9th

Atwood Student Center
9-9:50 Thinking out of the Box: Organizing St. Cloud’s Immigrant Workers
Members of the Greater Minnesota Worker Center Board discuss recent accomplishments and future plans around organizing St. Cloud's immigrant workers for fair wages, recovering stolen wages, campaigns to get companies to directly hire low income workers, and other related organizing work around low income immigrant workers' rights.
10-10:50 Immigrant Retail Cleaning Workers’ Campaign for Organizing Rights in Minneapolis
Lucila Dominguez, Organizer, Centro De Trabajdores Unidos en Lucha [CTUL], Retail Cleaning Worker
Veronical Mendez-Moore, Organizer, Centro De Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha [CTUL]
11-11:50 Immigrant MSP Airport Workers Organizing for Livable Wages
Abraham Misgina, SEIU Organizer, Airport Workers for Livable Wages
Dan Moore, SEIU Organizer, Airport Workers for Livable Wages

"Worker Centers and Economic Justice for Immigrant Workers"
Jose Oliva (Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center)

1-1:50 Immigrant Rights and the 2013 Campaign for Universal Drivers License
Francisco Segovia, Mesa Latina
Jovita Morales, Mesa Latina
Alumni Room
2-2:50 The Role of St. Cloud Immigrants in the St. Cloud International Market
Autumn Brown, Central MN Sustainability Project
Elizabeth Valencia-Borgert, Center for Continuing Studies and Foreign Lanuage and Literature Department, St. Cloud State University
Alumni Room

Is Minnesota Failing Our Latino Immigrant Students?
Crisis: Seeking Solutions for Latino Student Achievement Minnesota's K-12
Margaret Villanueva, Ethnic Studies, St. Cloud State University

Minnesota in the Global Economy & the Education of Latino Immigrants
Hector Gracia, CLAC

Alumni Room
6 p.m.

Evening event in St. Cloud with Greater Minnesota Worker Center hosting Jose Oliva (Organizer, Restaurant Opportunities Center) --By invitation.