Hassene and Olga Are Using Their Skills To Save Lives and Limit the Spread of COVID-19

After graduating from our International Professionals Program (IPP) in April, Hassene (from Algeria) and Olga (from Ukraine) found meaningful employment as Contact Tracers for the City of Philadelphia. Every day, they use their cultural and linguistic skills to help other immigrants access critical information and support while protecting the public’s health. Hassene made a difficult [...]

An Immigrant’s Essence: Diversity in A Post-Pandemic Economy

As I reflect to the time when I was an orphan at a small village in Siberia, Russia, and then experiencing my migration journey into USA; there were very little resources for me to combat the roadblocks ahead. When I was adopted over two decades ago, roadblocks would continuously cling onto me and prevent me from entering the workforce.   The roadblocks began to stack on top of one another from my beginning struggle in learning how to [...]

Engaging Immigrant Talent: Learning From a Shared Dialogue

Our world is collectively experiencing a pandemic as well as social and political upheavals, both globally and locally. This directly impacts our workplaces and requires us to reimagine how to operate, particularly as we become more digitally connected. Including immigrant talent adds a diverse perspective to our workforce, provided they have the tools to succeed [...]

Finding a Job Is Tough for Everyone—But It’s Especially Hard if You Are an Immigrant

Finding a job is tough. For everyone. But it’s especially hard if you are an immigrant. Numerous immigrants come to Philadelphia as adults, leaving a thriving professional career in their home countries. When they arrive here, they have to face many barriers for their everyday lives such as understanding and being understood in English, understanding [...]

Let’s Learn Together: Developing Inclusive Best Practices

In January, we launched the Engaging Immigrant Talent initiative with the Office of Workforce Development which is funded by the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. Our project was designed to understand existing talent strategies and develop inclusive best practices as it relates to immigrants, refugees, and English Language Learners. In February, we hosted a Corporate Cocktail [...]