2020-2021 Colloquium Series

Upcoming Events

The Institute for Immigration Research and the Intellectual Life of the College Committee present a virtual panel discussion on

Immigration in 2021 and Beyond

Wednesday, February 10th from 1:00 to 2:30PM EST on Zoom

This webinar will explore the future of U.S. immigration policy after Inauguration Day 2021. Speakers will look at how the Executive branch, Congress, and the Supreme Court will deal with immigration.  

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Past Events

Balancing Academia and Policy: How Immigration Scholars Work with Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, December 2nd 

The IIR hosted a discussion about how academics from a variety of disciplines work with immigrant communities and policymakers to impact immigrants' lives.

To view the recording, click here.


Els Shoba Austin Ruth

Els de Graauw  

Associate Professor at Baruch College, the City University of New York

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Penn State Law

Austin Kocher

Faculty Fellow, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), Syracuse University

Ruth Wasem

Professor of Public Policy Practice, University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs




COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, October 7th

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated communities across the United States and has given us a new appreciation for the role all essential workers play in our economy and in our lives. Speakers addressed the role of immigrants as essential workers and healthcare providers, how it has left them vulnerable to the virus, and the impact that changes to immigration policy have had on immigrant communities. 

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Carol Cleaveland

GMU School of Social Work

Guadalupe Correa- Cabrera

GMU Schar School of Policy and Government

Julia Gelatt

Migration Policy Institute

Michele Waslin

Institute for Immigration Research