THIS FRIDAY: Critical Conversations

Friday, April 19, 2013
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library)
West Bank campus

Free and open to the public

WHY I LEFT HOME: Stories about Migration, Immigration, and Globalization

The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation lists the US as the leading destination for permanent immigrants. People emigrate for complex reasons - war, natural disaster, economic opportunity - and deal with many obstacles in pursuit of a new home. Engage in a conversation among professionals trying to assist new immigrants, some of whom will sharetheir own stories even as they have become professionals living aspects of the American dream.

PanelistsMayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO of the Wilder Foundation; John KellerExecutive Director, Immigrant Law Center; Juventino MezaDirector, NAVIGATE Minnesota; Ahmed YusufSomali community activist and author of Somalis in Minnesota

ModeratorLouis MendozaAssociate Vice Provost, University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

These sessions are excellent opportunities for in-depth exploration of the key issues we work with as professionals within OED.  I hope you will take time to participate in this important discussion and to SPREAD THE WORD to your networks of students, staff, faculty, and community members!

  • See the University Libraries companion page to this event to check out library resources and collections highlights.
  • Learn more at, or contact Anne Phibbs at or 612-625-9973.
  • To request disability accommodations for this event, or to obtain this material in an alternate format, contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680.

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