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New Frontier: The Quest for Cultural Competency Experts at NIIC

By Simerun Singh, Politics ’12 The most frustrating aspect of my State of the State project is that it revolves around a really specific term within education reform policy that a Washington State bill introduced in 2009 but did not effectively publicize within school districts. The term, “cultural competency”, is popular amongst a certain cadre of […]

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Parents in Schools: A Radically Simple Solution to Cultural Competency

– Andrew Ryan, ’12 Parents care about their children’s education. It is a simple concept. But Parents rarely fill much more than an advisory role in the American public education system. Why is a parent’s role as an educator so detached from the actual structure of education in America? That is a question that drives […]

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Citizenship Work: Reaching Rural Washington

By Christine Kiely ’12 During the “Active Citizenship” sessions at the NIIC, important questions were brought up in connection with voting rights and immigrant populations. In all of these discussions, however, the lack of knowledge about rural areas stuck out as a major limitation to the work that is being done. The Seattle metro area […]

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Community Attachment To Gauge Individual Experiences

            Hannah Holloran The National Immigration Integration Conference this past week was full of so many inspiring people! Panelist talked about the work they do and how they believe it is helping people across the country. One common theme among many of the individuals whom presented at the conference was the importance of community. Both […]

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NIIC – P.A.R. Officers in Aurora, Colorado

Written by Spencer May ’13 Dave could be a Marine – his broad shoulders and shaved head could pass him for a Sergeant Major, but at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Seattle, Dave only wore casual clothes and a navy-blue polo shirt with the acronym “P.A.R.”  What did P.A.R. stand for, and why was […]

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Re-imagining the possibilities of community-based research

Julia Stone ’14 Attending the NIIC proved to be an invaluable learning experience: diving into a world in which over 500 people are working towards justice and equality for immigrants was enlightening and truly inspiring. A pivotal encounter I had occurred at the researcher’s caucus on Tuesday. I spoke with researcher, who through her experience […]

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What does immigrant “integration” look like?

Written by Mary Allain ’12 The NIIC conference has not only reaffirmed my belief in the importance of immigrant integration as an issue deserving national attention, it has further expanded my notion of what the term immigration integration actually entails. By this I mean that immigrant integration encompasses much more than improving our English Language […]

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NIIC Stories of Detention & Deportation

Written by Daniel Merritt ’13   “ I spent the Prime of my Life defending the Constitution of the United States of America” “ I try not to say it too much, but that’s what I’m still doing today” – Rick Covington   One of the most inspiring moments at this past week’s National Immigrant […]

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NIIC and ICE Detainer Policy

Written by Madelyn Peterson ’13 Annie Benson addresses us with a sharp focus from behind her thick-rimmed glasses. Each word from her mouth is efficient and rapid; her hands move with deliberation and strength. Her intensity is complimented by a joyful flair and an ease of laughter that reveal her compassion and ardor for her […]

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