GIRN Working Group and Networking Meeting
March 3, 2017: GIRN Working Group and Networking Meeting
Organizers: Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez and Dr. Paul N. McDaniel. Held at the Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. March 3, 2017. The overall purpose of this meeting was to bring together those working with or conducting research on immigrant populations throughout the state of Georgia to improve their overall quality of life. There were around 60 participants. Goals of the gathering were to:
- Identify immigrant crises in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Georgia, including the changing political administrations at all levels of government; no-, blue-, pink-, and white collar workers' needs; and how to aid individuals and family systems with varying immigration status.
- Discuss available data sources and data gaps necessary to assess immigrant needs and the needs of the organizations that serve them.
- Prioritize issues impacting immigrant communities in the Atlanta MSA and throughout Georgia, including current and emerging issues.
- Develop an action plan to effectively address key immigrant concerns in the Atlanta MSA region.
- Explore funding opportunities and grants targeting immigrants, immigrant service provision, and immigrant integration.
- Network with other immigrant-serving professionals and researchers.