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Do immigrants need the United States, or does the United States need its immigrants? Writer, researcher, and first-generation immigrant American Nalini Krishnankutty showcases many surprising examples of traditions, businesses and ideas that are considered All-American today, but which owe their origins to first-generation immigrants. She examines whether Americans ever truly welcomed immigrants, and provides parallels between current anti-immigrant sentiments and similar feelings during other periods in US history. This talk uses immigrant history and contributions to start a dialogue, and shape attitudes towards immigrants that are in line with both the values and the interests of the United States.
Dr. Nalini Krishnankutty is a first-generation immigrant American who moved from India to the U.S. to attend graduate school. A chemical engineer turned writer, researcher, and speaker, she believes in the power of migration to open minds and create new possibilities for both immigrants and their new homeland. Nalini is actively countering rising anti-immigrant sentiments through her workshops on immigrant history and contributions. She is currently developing new community platforms and writing children’s books to make immigrants visible and bring them from the boundary of the circle to the center.
In this talk, Javier describes his personal experience being an undocumented immigrant in the USA, having been brought as a child with his father. He speaks of his drive to better himself through education, what DACA has meant to him and his concern for the future now that the program has been rescinded by the current administration. Javier A Juarez (Candidate MA Brown University 18', BA Rhode Island College 17') is a research fellow at the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. Javier and his father came to Rhode Island 18 years ago from Peru with nothing but the clothes on their back looking for a better future. Javier serves as a community outreach member at CASO (Coalition of Advocates for student Opportunities), a non-profit organization that focuses on the betterment of undocumented and first-generation immigrant students in Rhode Island. Because of his efforts to raise awareness about the undocumented student struggle, Javier was awarded the Vital Contribution to the Community award in 2017 at Rhode Island College
We are really good at forming judgements of other people and jump to conclusions based on how they look, sound, by their last names and by the color of their skin. But imagine if you could develop a simple tactic to challenge the assumptions that limit your life? Vanessa is a former TV anchor with a passion for bilingual storytelling. She loves journalism, culture, and believes in living an integrated life.