Humanizing Immigration: A Conversation in Three Parts

Thursday, May 28, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
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Philanthropy New York is excited to announce Humanizing Immigration, a special three-part series, examining the U.S. immigration system. 

While immigration remains a contentious and much discussed policy issue in the United States, we rarely examine how narratives are created about who belongs and who does not – and why and when. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed contradictions between fear-based narratives about immigrants and stories of heroism for immigrants who work on the front lines of the crisis. What do we mean when we talk about immigration? And what are the implications of those discussions for the many and diverse immigrant communities that are integral to this project we call “America?”

Join us on a digital exploration of migration and policy. Through presentations, performances and panels, we will take a close look at a topic that’s vital this election year – especially in the wake of rapidly-evolving federal policy. We will examine the facts and myths of immigration, the forces driving polarization, the human face of current policies, and the importance of advocacy, coalition-building and storytelling.

Please note: Participants will automatically be registered for all three sessions once you register for the first session. 


This in-depth program series is structured across three weeks in May 2020, through three 90-minute virtual sessions. 

Part 1: Human Migration

Thursday, May 14, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join the launch of this series as we first explore the forces that motivate human migration, from war to climate change to civil unrest.

Series Intro by Philanthropy New York Board Chair

Kyung Yoon, President, Korean American Community Foundation


Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director and Co-Founder, United We Dream

Panel: Human Migration

Introduced by Taryn Higashi, Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy


Part 2: The Federal Policy Landscape

Thursday, May 21, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Continue the conversation by diving into the drivers of our current federal immigration policies and the implications for our immigrant communities.

PHIL Talk             

Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder, Define American

Panel: Federal Policies

Introduced by Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York


Part 3: Impact Opportunities at the City and State Level

Thursday, May 28, 2:00 - 3: 30 PM

Join local advocates working on counter-policies on the city and state level to explore the kinds of issues states can push - and where funders can really make a difference - to produce better outcomes for immigrants. 


Candace Thompson-Zachery, Dance Artist, Choreographer, Founder, Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE

Panel: City/State Policies

Introduced by Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation

* A special thanks to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for their generous support in providing performance to our Ser

Series Closing Remarks 

Ronna Brown, President, Philanthropy New York


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The Humanizing Immigration series is open to Philanthropy New York members only.


Registration is required by May 12th. Please note: Participants will automatically be registered for all three sessions once you register for the first session. 

Registrants will receive log-in details before the program date.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

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