Detroit Category

Global Detroit, Banglatown Join Kresge Innovations Projects

In March, Global Detroit was thrilled to be one of nearly two-dozen winners of the Kresge Innovation Projects – Detroit Round Two awards to enable us to deeper engage in the revitalization of the Banglatown neighborhood. The $25,000 grant will enable us to leverage an [...]

It’s complicated: International students learn tax law

International students from more than 20 different countries studying at nine local Michigan colleges and universities learned how to save themselves money and comply with U.S. tax law in two free sessions co-sponsored by Global Detroit’s Welcome Mat and Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), and [...]

From the Director: Tackling the “Brain Waste” Challenge for Detroit

By Steve Tobocman National organizations like Upwardly Global, World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge, the Welcome Back Initiative, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians have worked for years to help college-educated immigrants achieve meaningful employment in the U.S. Noting that college-degreed immigrants are [...]

Global Detroit’s Pioneering Efforts Honored with National Innovation Award

Today, Global Detroit was honored to receive one of the first-ever Renewal Awards, created by the National Journal and Atlantic magazines with Allstate, to recognize the innovators, grassroots organizers and problem-solvers who are making progress against the greatest challenges facing America. The awards identify and celebrate [...]

Bridging the gap: Healthcare and Immigrant Communities

Posted on December 9th, 2015 in Detroit, Immigrant Resources, Uncategorized 

Navigating the health care system is often confusing and overwhelming for Americans and English language speakers; for newcomers to the country or system the process can be paralyzing.  Welcome Mat Detroit hosts workshops to inform both immigrants and the nonprofit service providers of the resources [...]

Refugee Resettlement Groups Tour Detroit Public Schools

While it is hard to think past the tragic events in Paris and their potential implications for refugee resettlement, Metro Detroit has been the largest recipient of refugees from Iraq over the last decade. With its large Arab population and one of the largest Syrian [...]

From the Director: BanglaTown Open for Business – Rebuilding Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Posted on November 9th, 2015 in Detroit, From the Director 

By Steve Tobocman Friday, I was privileged to attend the ceremonial opening of the Bangladeshi American Public Affairs Committee (BAPAC) office on Conant Avenue, the commercial main street of the BanglaTown neighborhood on the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address for the [...]

Welcome Gracie Xavier

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in Detroit, Retaining/Attracting International Talent 

Gracie Xavier joined Global Detroit’s team in August as the Director of Corporate and Economic Development Strategy. Gracie, also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow (DRF), works to connect Global Detroit programs and the immigrant talent they serve to Detroit’s corporate community and economic development infrastructure. This includes helping to [...]

Welcoming Week Across Michigan

Posted on September 28th, 2015 in Detroit, Immigrant Resources, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Global Detroit is excited to share that thanks to Welcoming Michigan‘s good work Michigan leads Welcoming America’s Welcoming Cities & Counties, a national network of localities that have declared themselves a Welcoming City, County, or Township, with 10 Welcoming Cities & Counties – more than any other [...]

2nd Annual Welcoming Games Recap

Global Detroit is excited to share a recap of our 2nd Annual Welcoming Games, which took place Sunday, September 13 in Clark Park in celebration of National Welcoming Week, a week of activities coordinated in Michigan by Welcoming Michigan – Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. This year, [...]