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Be A part of Detroit’s Inclusive Future!

When Mayra Torres received a letter from her new landlord, it was her first notice that her house had been sold. Worried, she reached out to Raquel Garcia. As Global Detroit’s director of housing and special projects, Raquel serves as an invaluable resource to her [...]

Happy New Year! A look back at 2018 Milestones

By Alistair Kiyingi As immigration gridlocks our national government, Global Detroit is looking forward to 2019 with new energy, vision, and commitment around its work making our region an economically vibrant leader in integrating our immigrant potential in an economy that works for everyone.  Part [...]

Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans and Returning Citizens Take Advantage of Job Fair Geared To Them

Fatimah, a refugee from Yemen with years of experience teaching chemistry to high school students, arrived in Michigan two years ago. For the next 12 months, she applied for countless jobs in her field without success because she lacked the necessary proof of education or [...]

French Immigrant University of Michigan Professor, Gérard Morou Wins Nobel Prize in Physics!

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,Stockholm, Sweden named Gérard Mourou, a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he has taught for over 16 years as a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. Professor Mourou [...]

The Detroit News editorial: Don’t close the door on refugees

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s recent editorial in The Detroit News makes the case for smart immigration policies that reinforce the United States national character as the world’s leading beacon for refuge, freedom, and safety. Last year - shortly after the Trump Administration announced its 2018 [...]

Glenn Stevens Believes Immigrants Are Essential To State’s Economy

Posted on September 18th, 2018 in Champions for Growth 

In a recent speech to the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club, Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives, said, “I work in the economic development space, particularly with our automotive and mobility industries in [...]

Release of the Welcoming Economies Playbook

Posted on August 16th, 2018 in Champions for Growth, WE Global Network 

Five years after writing the Guide to Immigrant Economic Development, Welcoming America and Global Detroit have teamed up to produce the Welcoming Economies Playbook. On a webinar hosted by Welcoming America last week, Sloan Herrick, Global Detroit’s Deputy Director spoke to the growth that we [...]

New Research: Immigrant Impact on Michigan’s “Middle Skills” Worker Shortage

Posted on February 19th, 2018 in Champions for Growth, Get Involved 

Michigan’s workforce is rapidly aging and retiring. Half of the job openings expected in the  next decade are anticipated to be part of the “middle skills” category—jobs that require training beyond a high school diploma, but require less than a four-year college degree. These jobs [...]

Global Detroit’s Second Annual Event: Celebrating Immigrant Innovation

Posted on October 16th, 2017 in Champions for Growth, Detroit 

A diverse crowd of nearly 100 joined Global Detroit at our Second Annual Event to celebrate immigration innovation and award leaders who demonstrate the truly broad, inclusive nature of Global Detroit’s work and impact. Located at the beautiful home of Harold and Mary Ellen Gurewitz [...]

Power Ties: Professional connecting welcomes international talent and strengthens the future of Michigan industries

Global Detroit shares the common belief that all residents should have access to employment opportunities that utilize their education and talent, and rewards their determination to be a contributing member of our communities. When residents are able to work in meaningful positions, our economy is [...]