The Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), a Minnesota-based nonprofit that seeks to revitalize low-income neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, is one of four 2013 winners of the Migration Policy Institute’s E Pluribus Unum Prize honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. NDC, which has earned a place at the leading edge of practice in both the community development and immigrant integration fields, has worked in 25 diverse low-income neighborhoods in St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1993, providing training to more than 4,250 entrepreneurs, including nearly 1,500 immigrants; $10 million in small business financing, nearly half to new and existing immigrant-owned businesses; and 40,000 hours of consulting to small businesses. In this video, MPI’s Margie McHugh along with NDC’s Mihailo Temali and Teshite Wako discuss NDC’s work and what makes it exceptional. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prize and NDC’s work, visit: http://www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/winners-NDC.cfm.+ More details
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is one of four 2013 winners of the Migration Policy Institute’s E Pluribus Unum Prize honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. For more than 25 years, MIRA has been the leading organization in New England promoting the rights and successful integration of immigrants and refugees. MIRA’s leadership was essential to the state’s adoption in 2008 of a New Americans Agenda with 131 recommendations for improving the integration of foreign-born residents of the Commonwealth. Partially in response, MIRA in 2011 launched its New Americans Integration Institute, which works through policy-oriented research, training, and stakeholder partnerships to push forward the development of policies and programs that promote the integration of immigrants and refugees across Massachusetts. In this video, MPI’s Margie McHugh and Michael Fix along with MIRA’s Eva Millona and Jeffrey Gross discuss the Coalition’s work and what makes it exceptional. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prize and MIRA’s work, visit: http://www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/winners-MIRA.cfm+ More details
Kaiser Permanente, winner of the Migration Policy Institute’s 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prize Corporate Leadership Award, is a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative models and programs to enable effective in-language communication. One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 9.1 million members, who speak more than 150 different languages. Kaiser Permanente’s workforce also mirrors this diversity through its rich cultural and linguistic teams of physicians, staff, and administrators. In this video, MPI's Michael Fix and Kaiser Permanente executives Dr. Ronald Copeland and Gayle Tang discuss what makes Kaiser Permanente exceptionally successful and a leader in the health field in the provision of linguistically and culturally appropriate care. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prize and Kaiser Permanente’s work, visit: http://www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/winners-KaiserPermanente.cfm+ More details
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, one of four 2013 winners of the Migration Policy Institute’s E Pluribus Unum Prize honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives, is the nation’s first adult-focused charter school and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of work-focused English and skills training. Founded in 1970 in Washington, DC, the Carlos Rosario School has helped more than 60,000 adult students who are immigrants or refugees learn English, obtain educational degrees and workforce certifications that allow them to start jobs and climb career ladders, and become US citizens, voters, and home owners. In this video, MPI's Margie McHugh and Michael Fix and the school’s chief academic officer, Allison Kokkoros, discuss what makes the Carlos Rosario School exceptionally successful. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prize and the Carlos Rosario School’s work, visit: www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/winners-CarlosRosarioSchool.cfm+ More details
The Migration Policy Institute’s 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes awards ceremony, held in Washington, D.C. in December 2013, honored four exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States—three with a $50,000 prize and one a Corporate Leadership Award. After an introduction by Michael Fix and Margie McHugh, Co-Directors of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and its immigration subcommittee, introduced one of the winners: Twin Cities-based Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). The prize was accepted by NDC’s Founder and President Mihailo Temali. The award to Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC was accepted by Founder and President Sonia Gutierrez. For the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the prize was accepted by Executive Director Eva Millona. And Gayle Tang, Senior Director, National Diversity and Inclusion, accepted the E Pluribus Unum Prizes’ Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of Kaiser Permanente. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prizes and the 2013 winners, visit www.integrationawards.org.+ More details
The Migration Policy Institute’s 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in December 2013 included a panel discussion with the winners of the prizes, which honor exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States. Moderator Margie McHugh, who co-directs MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, discussed immigrant integration practice and policy with the winners: Allison Kokkoros of the adult-focused Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC; Eva Millona of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; Mihailo Temali of the Twin Cities-based Neighborhood Development Center; and Gayle Tang of Kaiser Permanente. The discussion also featured Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Ronald G. Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, state of Massachusetts Executive Office of the Governor. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prizes and the 2013 winners, visit www.integrationawards.org.+ More details
MPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies Michael Fix leads a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing immigrant integration, including potential legalization legislation, the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and/or No Child Left Behind Law, and implementation of the new health care reform law. Stay up-to-date with the latest in migration policy research with MPI: http://migrationpolicy.org/+ More details
Betsy McKay, director of bilingual leadership at McDonald’s USA, discusses the creation and evolution of McDonald’s “English Under the Arches” workplace English instruction program, which uses a blended delivery model to provide instruction to students in multiple locations. And Margie McHugh of the Migration Policy Institute, which administers the E Pluribus Unum Prizes program, discusses what made English Under the Arches a program worthy of being the sole honorable mention recognized by the 2010 E Pluribus Unum Prizes. For more on English Under the Arches and the E Pluribus Unum Prize winners, visit www.integrationawards.org+ More details
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