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February 4, 2009


Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian Will Deliver Opening Remarks

NEW YORK, January 22, 2009 – Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State and distinguished CCNY alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at a half-day conference on immigrant integration Thursday, February 5, at The City College of New York (CCNY). General Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, will speak during the conference’s luncheon session, beginning at noon.  Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will present opening remarks at 9 a.m.

The conference, “National Concern, Local Action, Immigrant Integration in New York,” is being presented by the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, a nonpartisan research center at CCNY, through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. General Powell is founder and chair of the Powell Center.

The event will bring together policymakers and leaders in the immigration advocacy community movement to examine immigration policy at the state and local level.  In particular, conversation will focus on New York’s special challenges in integrating immigrant populations and will examine areas of greatest success and challenge.

The first panel, “Policy Overview: Immigrant Integration in New York,” will review policies that affect immigrants residing in New York, with an emphasis on education, public benefits, law enforcement, and employee verification and identification. Speakers include: Josh Bernstein, Director of Immigration Programs for the Service Employees International Union; Michele Cahill, Vice President for National Programs and Program Director for Urban Education for the Carnegie Corporation, and Ann Morse, Program Director for the Immigrant Policy Project of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Michael Fix, Vice President of the Migration Policy Institute, will moderate.

The second panel, “Advocacy Community Response,”will present the insights of leaders in the advocacy community regarding immigrant integration in these same areas.  The panelists are José Calderón, Vice President of the Hispanic Federation; Susan Fox, Executive Director of the YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, and Andrew Friedman, Co-Director, Make the Road New York.  Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will moderate the panel.

The Colin Powell Center is devoted to developing policy and leadership skills of the remarkable and diverse student population of The City College of New York.  Each year, the Center anchors its educational and leadership training activities in a specific policy theme.  

This policy concentration enables Center staff to convene a series of extended discussions and experiences around a finite set of issues, and it allows students to delve deeply into important questions facing their city, the nation, and the global community.  This year, the Center’s work has focused on immigration policy, especially on policies that help immigrant communities integrate more fully into American society. The February 5 conference will be the public focus of this conversation.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Sessions will be held in the Great Hall in Shepard Hall, located on the CCNY campus at Convent Avenue between West 138th Street and West 140th Street.  Additional conference information, including biographies of the featured speakers, can be found at http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/powell/news/events.cfm.

About the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies

The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies is a nonpartisan research center named for Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and City College’s most distinguished graduate.  Established in 1997, the Center is dedicated to developing a new generation of publicly engaged leaders from populations previously underrepresented in policy circles and to bridging the academic and policymaking spheres. Its programming encompasses scholarship, service learning, and policy research and events.  For additional information, visit http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/powell/index.cfm.

About the City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.