October 23, 2008

Document Actions The impact of mortgage foreclosures on the immigrant population of Minneapolis

The impact of mortgage foreclosures on the immigrant population of Minneapolis
Ryan Allen, University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

MPC Seminar Series
October 27, 2008
from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
MPC Seminar Room, 50 Willey Hall
Contact Email mpc@umn.edu
Contact Phone 612-624-8806

Abstract: In the decade prior to the recent home foreclosure crisis, immigrant households represented an important component of new homeowners in Minneapolis. Using data collected by Minneapolis Public Schools on the primary language spoken in the home as a proxy for nativity status, I identify which foreclosed properties between the years 2006 and 2008 were inhabited by immigrant households with school-aged children. The relative frequency of the language spoken in foreclosed homes indicates the foreclosure rates of specific immigrant groups. Further, a spatial analysis of the nativity status of households living in foreclosed properties reveals the extent to which the patterns of immigrant households in foreclosure matched the patterns of foreclosed homes overall. Results will help to inform future foreclosure prevention strategies among immigrant households.

September 2, 2008


Tuesday, September 16, 2008: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Neighborhood House, 179 E Robie St, St Paul

In this workshop you will learn about Somali history, culture, family systems, beliefs and practices. Participants will leave this training feeling more prepared to confidently engage their Somali clients, colleagues and neighbors.

You can mail your registration to the address above, or fax it to 651-789-2501.

For more information, contact 651-789-2571 or trprescott@neighb.org.

July 28, 2008

Presentation to Health Careers Directors

Here is a link to the information provided to Health Careers directors to illustrate some of the issues immigrant students may face when aspiring to obtain a degree in one of our health careers.

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Hi all,
Here is a link to a presentation on CE Immigrant student career advising challenges. This was presented at NACADA and Minne-TESOL by myself and Robin Murie, Director of CE in CEHD.

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July 14, 2008

Cultural Competency Wkshops

FALL CULTURAL COMPETENCY WORKSHOP SERIES FOR FALL 2008 Neighborhood House has announced the Cultural Competency Workshop Series for fall 2008. The workshops are designed to help educators, human services providers, community organizers, health care service providers, city and county employees, and faith-based community members learn more about the new immigrant members of our community and build understanding of the economic and cultural benefits they bring with them.

The workshop brochure is available at: http://cehd.umn.edu/ssw/documents/NH_Cultural_Competency.pdf

June 27, 2008

Speaking of Home: Immigration to Minnesota

Speaking of Home: Immigration to Minnesota
Tue., Aug. 12, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
Macy's Skyroom, 12th floor, 700 Nicollet Mall
Join us for a conversation about the experience of immigration to Minnesota, led by Donna Gabaccia and Ibé Kaba. This presentation is associated Speaking of Home (www.speakingofhome.org), which is on display in the Minneapolis Skyway between Macy's and the IDS Tower from July through October. Speaking of Home asks a cross-section of our new American community and communities of color from the Twin Cities the question "What does home mean to you?"
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June 18, 2008

IDEA Grants

Hey Everyone,

The Office for Equity and Diversity awards IDEA Grants quarterly in the amount of $1-5K which are designed to support innovative and transformative projects, programming, events, and research that support underrepresented and marginalized students, faculty, staff, and communities. Here is the link to the website if you are interested. http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/idea_grants.html

This grant might be a great way to support a project generated by our group...

Amy (AJ) Burger Sanchez

From the website...
"A potential IDEA Grants project should have as its outcome:
-creating a positive and inclusive institutional climate, and/or
-addressing student access, development, and success, and/or
-improving faculty and staff diversity, retention, and advancement, and/or
-supporting curricular transformation and pedagogical change"

June 17, 2008

Seeking female Somali students

Hi all: I am currently taking a class and a group of us is working on a case study of the experiences of female, East African immigrant students---if you know of any student(s) who might be willing to talk to us for an hour or so about her experience (positive, negative, whatever)...would you drop me an email at weber362@umn.edu so we can "talk" a bit more?

thank you!

June 10, 2008


Second Tuesday of the month: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Ave NE, Blaine

There will be legal information and help from Judicare, Central Minnesota Legal Services, and Immigrant Law Project of Minneapolis Legal Aid. There will also be assistance available for paperwork and reading letters, including information for health and immunization, child care and community resource information.


Saturday, June 21, 2008 : 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Hamline University, Conference Center, Rm 106,1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

The networking dinner is an occasion for women and girls from diverse backgrounds to gather informally and empower one another through inspiration and support. Please come and share the knowledge of your career, profession and educational experience with aspiring immigrant high school girls from the Asian and African communities.

A suggested donation of $5 to go towards our College Scholarship. Please RSVP.

For more information visit: http://www.womenofwise.org/

(From Women of Wise)

The Latecomer

I just finished reading an AMAZING book about the Hmong experience chronicled from Laos to Thailand and finally to the US. The book was written by the cousin of two of my advisees and it is so eloquently written. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about their Hmong students and their family history AND for people who already think they know their Hmong students. You will learn so much more about your students and why/how they are who they are.

The Latecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

May 27, 2008

world refugee day

Friday, June 20, 2008: Minnehaha Park, 4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis

A day full of performances, food, an immigrant resource fair and more to celebrate the many refugees who have made new homes in Minnesota.

Visit www.tcworldrefugeeday.org for more information.

(From: Twin Cities World Refugee Day Committee)

May 6, 2008

Articles on immigrant students in higher education

Career counseling with African immigrant college students: theoretical approaches and implications for practice: http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/165807344.html.

Brilliant, Judith J. (2000). Issues in counseling immigrant college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 24: 577-586

Report from the Citizens League of Minnesota: http://www.citizensleague.org/publications/reports/education/Immigration%20&%20Higher%20Education%20report%20FINAL.pdf.

April 23, 2008


Welcome to the Immigrant/Refugee SIG! We look forward to using blog to share resources, communicate next steps, and continue our discussion around immigrant/refugee student issues, concerns, etc.