Sponsored by the IIR and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative
On Friday, April 13, 2018, the IIR and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative hosted a conference on immigrants and the children of immigrants in the community college system. Sixty three participants attended, representing area high schools, community colleges, DREAMers, Fairfax community members, and Mason students and faculty. Dr. Michelle Marks, Mason Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures, gave the keynote address. Experts shared their insights during a panel discussion, and five focus groups allowed participants to share their thoughts and experiences on a range of topics regarding immigrant students and community colleges.
Thanks to all of those who joined us and participated in a focus group. Your feedback is much appreciated.
James Witte, Ph.D.
Director at Institute for Immigration Research
Michele Waslin, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator at the Institute for Immigration Research
Research Assistant through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research
Senior Legislative Aide to Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax)
Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education at Westchester Community College
Diana De Jesus-Brent
ESOL school counselor at Centreville High School, Fairfax County
10:00am: Welcome & Introduction- Jim Witte, Ph.D.
10:30am: Presentation of Immigrants and Community College Data
11:00am: Panel Discussion
12:45pm: Regroup & Instructions for Focus Groups
1:00pm: Split into Focus Groups
2:00pm: Keynote- Michelle Marks, Mason Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures
2:55pm: Wrap Up
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative (ICC) presents Conversations on Contemporary Issues. ICC members include the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS), Cultural Studies, the Higher Education Program, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), School of Integrative Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.
The Institute for Immigration Research's (IIR) mission is to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers and the public, including the business community and media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States.