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Welcome Mat Detroit Assists CCS with International Student Orientation

Posted on September 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

This past August, an engaged and excited group of almost 50 new international students at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) was treated to a special orientation to Detroit and Michigan by Welcome Mat Detroit Director Mary Lane, staff, and volunteers. Representing eleven different countries [...]

Developing regional immigration systems responsive to local needs

Posted on August 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

Our Director Steve Tobocman recently joined other experts for Giving Cities and Regions a Greater Voice in Immigration Policy, a video chat hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, to discuss attracting immigrants into local economies through regional immigration systems.  Creating more regional-based national immigration laws [...]

Global Detroit Welcoming Games kicks off National Welcoming Week

Posted on August 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

Global Detroit is excited to help kick-off National Welcoming Week on Saturday, September 13th with its first annual Welcoming Games at Clark Park in southwest Detroit. Welcoming Week is all about recognizing that – no matter how long we have been in the U.S. – we [...]

Annie Fenton Joins Upwardly Global to Open Detroit Office

Posted on August 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

On June 23, in partnership with Michigan’s Office for New Americans and the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Upwardly Global launched a new office in Detroit to provide job-search coaching, relicensing guidance, and employer referral services to skilled immigrant and refugee professionals. [...]

Eight Students Graduate from First Spanish-Speaking ProsperUS Entrepreneurship Class

Posted on August 13th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

On July 15, the auditorium at Escuela Avancemos Academy in southwest Detroit was filled with cheering families and friends as eight students stepped across the stage to receive their graduation certificates from the ProsperUs Detroit Entrepreneur Training Program. This training session was unique in that [...]

From the Director: Global Detroit Helps Lead National Conversation on Integration

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized 

By Steve Tobocman Last Wednesday, July 15, I interrupted my family vacation on the Jersey Shore to drive down to our nation’s Capitol to participate in the first-ever White House National Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration.  As one of the 170-invitation only participants, I [...]

From the Director: Independence Day

Posted on July 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized 

By Steve Tobocman   Every year when I celebrate the 4th of July, I pause to reflect upon my grandfather, Morris Tobocman, who came to the United States in the early 20th Century.  He came for opportunity and for freedom.  As a Jew in Eastern Europe [...]

Join us next Wednesday for National Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized 

Join us in reminding Congress that immigration remains an economic imperative Global Detroit has agreed to a request from the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s coalition of mayors and CEOs who support a broad framework for comprehensive [...]

From the Director: Detroit Breaks More New Ground – Governor Snyder and Upwardly Global Launch Michigan Office and First “Global Engineers in Residence” (GEIR) Program

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized 

By Steve Tobocman Almost one year to the date of Upwardly Global’s launch of its online licensing guides, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan, Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey and about one dozen ethnic chambers joined to celebrate the launch of Upwardly Global’s [...]

Conjunction Junction What’s Your Function? The “And” Equation

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized 

By Steve Tobocman & Kyle Murphy From left: Johnathan Holifield, Dr. Christina Greer, Todd Q. Adams, Andre Spivey June 11-13 marked the second convening for the Global Great Lakes Network in Pittsburgh. Building on the Detroit convening’s success in 2013, this year’s event drew over [...]