New American Dreams: Immigrant Integration in Rural Communities

Mon, September 16, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am PDT

Over the last two years, philanthropy has become much more responsive to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities in response to policy attacks, the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment, and drastic reduction in funding for refugee communities. However, much of this attention has been focused in urban areas, despite the fact that immigrant populations are increasingly on the rise in suburban, exurban and rural areas. While services are clustered in urban areas, affordable, permanent housing is hard to find in our region's cities. 

Join Philanthropy Northwest and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) for a conversation about immigrant integration strategies in rural and non-urban places in the Northwest. We will hear from experts in the field about how funders can work cross-sector to ensure that our health systems, education systems, legal systems and naturalization processes work to integrate and reflect the needs and experiences of immigrant and refugee communities. Further, we'll consider how these efforts look and operate in places outside of our region's cities, hearing from movement leaders from Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Nancy Flores, National Partnership for New Americans
Rich Stolz, OneAmerica (WA)
Kayse Jama and Claudia Arana Colen, Unite Oregon (OR)
Cynthia Sibrean, Catholoic Charities Idaho (ID) 

Facilitated by Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Philanthropy Northwest, Executive-in-Residence

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NPNA represents the country's 37 largest regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations in 31 states. Their members provide large-scale legal, health, civic engagement and other integration services across the nation. 

This program is part of Philanthropy Northwest's ongoing "Rural Dilemmas" series, which puts practitioners in conversation to work through dilemmas and challenges unique to place-based funders. This session is ideal for funders attending to: health, civic engagement, immigrant rights, education systems or legal support. 

Questions about the series should be directed to Lyn Hunter.

Questions about logistics should be directed to Elyse Gordon.