Sessions 1 & 2: Immigrant Leadership
During the first two sessions we will learn about grassroots immigrant leadership by mapping community strengths and taking a closer look at existing leadership gaps in immigrant communities. We will also discuss leadership qualities and the connection between values and action, relationship building and power, and what can be done to increase civic participation among immigrant communities in our city.
Sessions 3 & 4: Immigrant Integration Strategies
We will do an overview of Immigrant Integration strategies, including economic development, citizenship, and civic participation. We will review the historical concept of citizenship, the current naturalization process, why engaging immigrants is important and the need for transparency in participatory democracy. We will also examine the impact specific social connectivity mechanisms can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Sessions 5 & 6: Communication Skills and Technology
In these sessions we focus on learning specific communications skills that enable immigrants to speak intelligently about immigration. We will focus first on understanding the basic tenets of communication and then discuss what is messaging, how to work with the media and social media, and how to utilize innovative technology to get our message across. We will also learn about ways to promote civic participation and mobilize immigrant communities.
Sessions 7 & 8: Promoting Change
After learning about basic principles and practices of civic participation, these sessions will focus on how to use information about issues affecting immigrant communities, what policies are in place that make our cities welcoming places for immigrants and what policies are missing. Approaching the question of change by first looking at the strengths in our communities, these sessions will surface specific information about existing concerns and how partnerships can be negotiated to promote change.
Sessions 9, 10: Action Projects Results, Evaluation, and Next Steps
During the last sessions we will concentrate on understanding the critical role of evaluation and on reviewing the results of action projects implemented by the participants, reflecting on lessons learned throughout the program and developing some tangible next steps for continued engagement and commitment. We conclude the course with a public graduation ceremony to honor the efforts of the participants and their supporters, and in recognition of the trainers, allies, and partners of the program.