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Immigrant Integration in The New SouthMarch 14, 2013 7:00 PMKetner Auditorium, Sykes Building, Queens University of Charlotte Main Campus
Free and open to the public
Speaker: Jess George, Director of Latin American Coalition
Sponsored by Queens' Center for Latino Studies, and LASO
North Carolina is a new immigrant gateway state, featuring the fastest growing foreign-born population in the country. Yet, we have not made the integration of new immigrants a priority. How can the southeast- a region that has never before experienced this type of demographic shift- approach immigrant integration in a new and powerful way?
Join us for a presentation and conversation to discuss the cultural, political and economic impact of immigration and our own role in creating more welcoming communities.Jess George is the Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition, North Carolina's largest immigrant integration, cultural and social justice organization. She is an advocate for the marginalized and disenfranchised and a committed ally to the Latino community. After serving as the Associate Director for the Latin American Coalition for five, years she became Executive Director in 2009. As a 2011 & 2012 MDC Program Fellow, Jess is leading work on equal access to education issues for immigrant students in North Carolina and was awarded the 2012 "40 Under 40" Leadership Award by the Charlotte Business Journal. Jess has her BA in International Politics and International Studies from Penn State University and is completing her MBA at Queens University McColl School of Business. A native of New York, Ms. George has been a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina for thirteen years where she currently lives with her husband and two children.