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 Export to Your Calendar 9/25/2017
When: Monday, September 25, 2017
2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Calvary Center for Culture & Community
841 S. 48th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19143
United States

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Social Innovation Journal

Social Innovations Journal Launch Event

Social Innovations to Address Immigrant Needs Symposium:
How Social Sector Leaders in America’s Cities Can Strengthen Immigrant Services and Policies


The U.S. is in the throes of a period of intense discord over immigration policy. Yet, even as the federal government implements restrictive regulations and takes a hostile stance towards immigrants, municipal governments and nonprofits in communities across the country continue to develop innovative and successful approaches to immigrant integration. America’s cities have long been gateways for immigrant arrival and many cities have developed rich networks of nonprofits and community groups and innovative programs to support immigrant and refugee communities.

At this time of heightened debate regarding the policy landscape and funding environment for immigration services and advocacy, this symposium examines successful and innovative models for delivering integration services to immigrant and refugee communities, supporting immigrant leadership development and promoting pro-immigrant policies at the municipal level and beyond. Using a place-based approach that provides an in-depth examination of policies and programs in one major U.S. city – Philadelphia, this edition explores a diverse set of local innovations, including:

  • Discussing collective impact approaches to fundraising, grantmaking and programming to support immigrants
  • Promoting economic development through integration of skilled immigrant workers and financial services
  • Creating private and voluntary sector partnerships to expand networks of support for refugee community integration
  • Developing coalitions to promote civic engagement among new Americans
  • Harnessing the collective power of volunteer medical providers to provide community-based health care

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3:00 PM Welcome

Nicholas Torres/Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founders, Social Innovations Journal
Natasha Kelemen, Immigrant Edition Coordinator

3:15 PM Keynote Speakers

Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Tom Jawetz,Vice President of Immigration,  Center for American Progress

4:00 PM Panel

Miriam Enriquez, Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Philadelphia
Will Gonzalez, Executive Director, Ceiba
Helen Gym, Councilwoman At-Large, Philadelphia City Council
Blanca Pacheco, Assistant Director, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
Oni Richards-Waritay, Executive Director, African Family Health Organization

Moderators: Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer & Natasha Kelemen, Natasha Kelemen Consultancy

5:00 PM Closing Remarks

Peter Gonzales, President & CEO, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Nicholas Torres/Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founders, Social Innovations Journal

5:15 PM Reception & Networking

Partners: Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs