Opening Michigan’s Doors to Immigrants IPPSR’s 2014 Forum Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:30 a.m.

IPPSR’s April Forum will look to a panel with deep knowledge and experience in opening doors to Michigan’s next generation of global leaders. Why has Michigan set a commitment to opening doors to immigrants? What are the real challenges for doing so? What is the perspective of other regions on state immigration? Are there best practices noted for universities, private sector recruiters and policy makers for working together to grow population and diversify the talent base? How might our state become more inclusive toward new immigrants once they are here? How can we assure that immigration in Michigan does not become migration to regions outside of the Great Lakes?

Speakers:

· Peter Briggs, Director, MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. Briggs has more than 30 years experience in services to international students and scholars.

· Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit. Tobocman has spent the past three years spearheading a regional economic revitalization strategy focused on immigration and global connections.

· Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Michigan Office for New Americans. Phillippi has worked in immigration law for more than 20 years.

· Ann Marie Schneider, Director, Program Planning and Development, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She leads IPPSR’s program planning and development division and advises the Institute’s communications and marketing strategies.

You are invited to register for all IPPSR forums online or by calling 517-355-6672. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited. A light lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis so registration is advised.

All forums, unless otherwise indicated, begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Forums take place at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. The address is 124 N. Capitol Ave.

Policymakers, state directors, capital staff, business and community leaders, university faculty and researchers, media and the general public are especially invited to attend IPPSR’s Forum Series.


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