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Colin Powell School at City College Convenes ‘Perspectives on Immigration’ Programming for 2015-2016

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin Powell School at City College Convenes ‘Perspectives on Immigration’ Programming for 2015-2016

December 22, 2014

The programming features a new school initiative, “Every Student, Every Right,” to ensure that all immigrant students understand their rights. 
The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York will convene a series of programming that examines issues of immigration seen through the lens of the school’s departments and programs. The series is the second in the school’s annual program of public events organized around an important theme. This year’s focus on immigration coincides with increasing polarization on the issue, state action, recent court rulings, and President Obama’s November executive order, providing a path toward legalization and waiving deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

The Colin Powell School’s Immigration Series launched in the Fall 2014 semester on October 22 with “Latino Studies: Current Issues and Future Direction.” The “Conversations with City” breakfast talk, sponsored by the school’s Latin and Latino American Studies program and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, focused on the importance of Latino Studies programs to understanding the culture, history, and impact of Latino populations in the United States. The series continued on November 17 with a panel discussion, “Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rights,” which was also part of CCNY’s Human Rights Forum. The conversation featured Jacqueline Bhabha, author of the forthcoming Moving Children: Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rights, and Eric D. Weitz, dean of the CCNY Division of Humanities and the Arts. Susan Bissell, head of UNICEF’s child protection work, moderated the discussion.

In January, the series continues with the launching of an important, new Colin Powell School initiative, “Every Student, Every Right.” Launched in collaboration with the Department of Media and Communication Arts in the Division of Humanities and the Arts, the initiative is designed to spark an ongoing conversation among students throughout the City University system on support available to undocumented students. To promote the conversation, three teams of students in the senior capstone Advertising and PR course will develop integrated marketing communications campaign for the initiative. The campaigns will encourage students to play an a more active role in shaping a conversation to promote equal access to campus resources—such as financial aid, teaching and tutoring support, and pre-employment resources—regardless of students' citizenship or immigration status.
Another highlight of the spring semester is a talk on by the newly elected mayor of Plano, Texas, Harry LaRosileire, a Haitian-American and CCNY alumnus. LaRosiliere, the first black person to be elected mayor of that city. In the discussion, Mayor LaRosileire will weave an account of his own political rise and policy agenda into a conversation that also addresses immigration policy in border proximate areas.
The Immigration Series culminates in April with a conference that closely examines the factors that lead to the radicalization of some, but not all, segments of young Muslims in the United States. It will take place on Thursday, April 17, in the ballroom of the North Academic Center on the City College campus. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and and the CUNY Graduate Center, the conference will be led by sociologists Mehdi Bozorgmehr and Philip Kasinitz. The event will consider factors such as the post 9/11 backlash against Muslims that have driven a minority of Muslim youth toward extremism. Professor Bozorgmehr is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of Middle Eastern American studies, and coauthor of the award-winning Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond. Professor Kasinitz is a Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. He currently chairs the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center and is a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society.
Last year, the Colin Powell School’s issue-oriented series examined issues of “forgiveness,” and featured topics that ranged from feminism and forgiveness to international debt forgiveness. The annual series includes panel discussions, classroom activities, documentaries, and other events, and mobilizes the expertise of faculty and the lived experiences of the college’s highly diverse and immigrant-rich student populations. 
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About the Colin Powell School 
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.
About The City College of New York 
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.