Detroit Category

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, [...]

Detroit’s African Caribbean Food Scene Alive and Well

Posted on September 24th, 2015 in Detroit, Detroit Ethnic Restaurants 

By Kate Brennan One of my favorite places to visit in the entire world is Jamaica. I have been there six times so far, and I plan to return again very soon. In addition to the beautiful mountains, lush vegetation, infectious Reggae music, and the [...]

Detroit, Macomb County Among First White House Welcoming Communities

The White House capped the fourth annual Welcoming Week and Thursday’s Constitution/Citizenship Day commemorations by unveiling it’s “Stand Stronger” public awareness campaign based on key recommendations from the White House Task Force for New Americans. The announcement included several programs and initiatives that promote the [...]