2019-2020 Colloquium Series

Upcoming Events:


Stay tuned for updates

Celebrating the Contributions of Immigrant Entrepreneurs 

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Johnson Center, Meeting Room C

4:00-5:30 PM

Co-Sponsored by:

business for a better worldinnovation law clinic


  • Carlos A. Castro: President and CEO of Todos Super Market
  • Jacqueline Krick: Founder & President, ECU Communications, LLC
  • Sean M. O'Connor: Professor of Law & Executive Director of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Abnet A. Tessema: ORR Microloan Program Coordinator, ECDC Enterprise Development Group 


Past Events: 

December 3, 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Johnson Center, George's (3rd floor)


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, and expert in US-Mexico relations, border security, immigration, and human trafficking. Her most recently published book is titled, Los Zetas Inc: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico. This summer, Correa-Cabrera took a trip along the entirety of the southern border and shared stories of people she met along the way. 


October 2019

Building a Better Immigration System:

How to Attract the World's Best and Brightest

Monday, October 21, 2019

Johnson Center, George's (3rd floor)


There is global competition for highly skilled workers, and countries have shaped their immigration systems to attract the best and brightest. How have other countries designed their immigration systems? How does the U.S. compare? Our panel of experts will discuss the international search for the world's best workers.


  • Julia Gelatt, Migration Policy Institute
  • David Bier, Cato Institute
  • Justin Gest, Schar School of Policy and Government


September 2019

US-China Relations: How Changes to Trade and Immigration Policy Affect Both Countries

Monday, September 16, 2019


The trade war and immigration restrictions can significantly alter the US-China relationship. These policies affecting the free movement of goods and people can also have major implications for the economy, tourism, international students, and businesses. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of recent policy changes on both countries, as well as the future of US-China relations.


  • Dan Griswold, Mercatus Center
  • Jim Witte, IIR
  • Megan Essaheb, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Sean Lin, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Fairfax


April 2019

Highly-Skilled Immigrants in U.S. Universities

Monday, April 8, 2019


International students, faculty, and staff are important members of university communities in the United States. This colloquium will explore the academic and economic contributions they make, as well as the immigration processes and challenges they face in order to remain in the U.S.


  • Neil Ruiz, Associate Director, Global Migration and Demography, Pew Research Center
  • Judith A. vanBever-Green, Executive Director, Mason Office of International Programs and Services
  • Hudaidah Bhimdi, Immigration Attorney, Murray Osorio PLLC

Bhimdi slides

Ruiz slides


March 2019

IIR Affiliates Present Their Research: Prof. Carol Cleaveland on Human Smuggling; and Prof. Bethany Letiecq on Housing Insecurity Among Latinx Families

Monday, March 25, 2019



Speakers and Topics:

"Lived Experiences of Smuggling Survivors"

Carol Cleaveland

Carol Cleaveland

Associate Professor

Department of Social Work

"Living with Strangers in the Context of Illegality: Overcrowded Housing Among Latinx Immigrant Families"

Bethany Letiecq

Bethany Letiecq

Associate Professor

College of Education and Human Development



February 2019

Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border: What is Happening? What will Happen Next?

Monday, February 11, 2019


Co-sponsored by the Department of Social Work, Latin American Studies, and Global Affairs

The nation's attention has been turned toward the U.S.-Mexico border as asylum seekers from Central America continue to arrive. Experts will discuss the U.S. asylum system, what is happening along the southern border, and recent changes made by the Trump administration. 


Ava Benach, Esq., Partner, Benach Collopy

Liana Montecinos, Esq., Benach Collopy