2021-2022 Events

Immigrants, Athletes, and Inclusion Picture

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


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Immigrants are 14% of the U.S. population but make up much larger shares in U.S. sports. In this webinar, experts discussed the benefits of inclusiveness in sports, and how immigrant athletes can promote greater understanding and acceptance of immigrants in the United States.


  • Marissa Kiss, Research Associate, Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University
  • Earl Smith, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Delaware
  • Michele Waslin, Program Coordinator, Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University
  • James Witte, Director, Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University


flagsSupporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Virginia

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

1-2pm EDT

This event was co-sponsored by the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

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This webinar examined the economic, social, and cultural contributions that immigrant students, faculty, and staff make to colleges and universities in Virginia. Our experts also discussed the challenges affecting our immigrant community, and how stakeholders and policymakers can better support our immigrant workforce and student body.
Here is a list of resources provided by panelists and participants. Please consult this list for additional ways to support immigrants in higher education.
  • Dr. LaNitra Berger, George Mason University
  • Delegate Mark Keam, VA House of Delegates
  • Mr. José Magaña-Salgado, Presidents' Alliance
  • Ms. Zuzana Steen, NOVA and Micron Technology Inc.
  • Dr. Michele Waslin, Institute for Immigration Research (moderator)

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Migration during Global Change

Panel Discussion: Migration During Global Change

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

1pm EST

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Climate change and extreme weather events are already forcing millions of people to move, but current migration laws were not designed with climate migration in mind. On this webinar, experts discussed how climate change creates migration, what steps the United States can take to respond to this new challenge, and how immigrants are part of the solution.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Climate Change Communication and the Institute for Sustainable Earth.


Dr. John Kotcher, Center for Climate Change Communication


Sabrina Arias, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Blair, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett, University of Dayton

Kayly Ober, Refugees International


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Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs and How Communities Can Support Them 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

1:30 - 3pm EST

image Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to the United States, hire American workers, and play critical roles in the economy. This webinar featured several immigrant entrepreneurs who took different paths to come to the United States and establish successful businesses. It also featured community efforts to identify obstacles to entrepreneurship and support immigrants and refugees who want to start their own businesses.
This event was co-sponsored by the Business for a Better World Center and The Immigrant Learning Center.
Lisa Gring-Pemble, Executive Director of the Business for a Better World Center and Director of Global Impact & Engagement
Carlos Castro Sr., President and CEO, Todos Supermarkets
Jackie Krick, CEO and Founder, ECU Communications
Denzil Mohammed, Director, The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute
Abnet Tessema, Ethiopian Community Development Center
James Witte, Director, Institute for Immigration Research

The Political Lives of South Asian Americans

Organized by the American Pakistan Foundation

Thursday, October 14, 2021

4:30pm EST


Waves of immigrant communities coming to the United States have gained social and political ground, fostering unique experiences of migration and identity. This webinar discussed how class, religion, nation of origin, language, and other characteristics shape the individual and group experiences of the South Asian American community and how major events, like the 9/11 attacks, influence identity and community mobilization.                              

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The conversation included a presentation by Drew University’s Dr. Sangay Mishra on his book Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans. Dr. Mishra conducted extensive research with Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi-American communities across the United States. Dr. Mishra joined in conversation by Dr. James Witte, Director of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University and APF President Shamila N. Chaudhary who discussed APF’s research on civic engagement in the Pakistani American community.


telling migrant stories

Telling Migrant Stories was a multidisciplinary workshop on migrant and refugee stories, sponsored by Mason’s Folklore Program, the Institute for Immigration Research, and the Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP). The two-day workshop convened social science researchers, immigration policy professionals, and immigration activists to foster transdisciplinary conversations about migrant and refugee stories. This event welcomed researchers, policy professionals, activists, and Mason students. 

Friday September 17: 



10:15am—The Migrant Story

Kate Parker Horigan (Western Kentucky University)

Marco Jacquement (University of San Francisco)

Adam Strom (Reimagining Migration)

1:30pm—Methods for Studying and Presenting Migrant Stories

Joseph Ewoodzie (Davidson College)

William Westerman (New Jersey City University)

Nushin Arbabzadah (UCLA)


3:45pm—Amy Shuman (The Ohio State University)

Saturday, September 18: 


9:30am—Migrant Stories and Policy Imperatives

Sabina Perrino (Binghamton University)

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (George Mason University) and Jaime Scott (George Mason University)

Wendy Feliz (American Immigration Council)

11:45am—Closing Remarks