Welcoming and Inclusion Category

It’s Time to Get Involved

This coming May marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Global Detroit Study! Can you believe it has been that long? Maybe, we need a celebration or some time to reflect upon all of the immigrant economic development and welcoming programs, infrastructure, and [...]

Integrated Policy Exercise debates Immigrant Visa Proposal

Every year, the Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy at the University of Michigan schedules an Integrated Policy Exercise course (IPE) as a requirement for all first-year masters level students.  The IPE course focuses on a real-world current or potential policy issue. This year, [...]

Del Director: El Alivio Administrativo del Presidente Obama

Por Steve Tobocman Ayer por la noche, el presidente Obama anunció las reformas más radicales en los Estados Unidos a la política de inmigración en casi 30 años. Su acción para tratar de integrar a millones de padres indocumentados de ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes legales [...]

From the Director: Obama’s Administrative Relief

By Steve Tobocman Last night, President Obama announced the most sweeping reforms in U.S. immigration policy in nearly 30 years. His action to try to integrate millions of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents is bound to fan the flames of political firestorms [...]

Cultural Ambassadors Connectors program has launched!

On the 16th of October, Global Detroit kicked off its new Cultural Ambassadors Connector program with our partner, Upwardly Global. The program takes its cues from Ann Arbor SPARK’s Cultural Ambassadors program, the Halifax Connectors program, and the St. Louis Mosaic Connectors program. The Halifax [...]

1st annual Welcoming Games a success!

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 in Get Involved, Uncategorized, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Saturday, September 13th was a cold and dreary day, but that did not deter committed futbol players from turning up in the drizzle to join in Global Detroit’s first annual Welcoming Games. Participants came from the Ford Hispanic Network, Michigan United, and the surrounding southwest [...]

From the Director: Cracking the Immigrant Talent Code Can Take some Thought and Energy

By Steve Tobocman I have been approached several times by folks who have sat through my Global Detroit presentations of the incredible contributions of immigrant talent to Metro Detroit and Michigan’s economy with concerns that I am telling native-born Michiganders that we are untalented, lazy, [...]

From the Director: Global Detroit and Midwest Immigrant Entrepreneurship Efforts Highlighted before Congress

By Steve Tobocman On Wednesday, January 15, I was honored to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Immigration Council and Immigration Policy Center on Revitalization in the Heartland: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development.  The event was moderated by AIC Director [...]

From the Director: Governor Snyder Gets in the Game

  By Steve Tobocman In his fourth State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder borrowed (with permission) two chapters from the Global Detroit playbook.  In launching a Michigan Office for New Americans and throwing his support behind the EB-5 Regional Center application for MSHDA, [...]

Global Great Lakes Network collaborates at National Immigrant Integration Conference in Miami

Posted on December 16th, 2013 in From the Director, Immigrant Resources, Welcoming and Inclusion 

By Steve Tobocman From November 17-19 several of the attendees from the Global Great Lakes Network first convening in Detroit (held last June) found themselves in the sunny waters of downtown Miami, Florida for the sixth annual National Immigration Integration Conference.  With representatives of immigrant [...]