Monday, December 15, 2014

New Americans Initiative: A Guest Speaker in "Spanish in the Community"

by Ann Abbott

We have our first guest speaker for next semester's "Spanish in the Community" class. 

Dear Dr. Abbott,

I am reaching out to you because I am interested in presenting to your Spanish in the Community class the New Americans Initiative project, a non-profit partnership with the State of Illinois that supports immigrants who are interested in becoming US citizens, in applying for Deferred Action, and community resourcing. The overall vision of this project is to develop a proactive campaign that celebrates what immigrants contribute to our community by encouraging local institutions to adopt policies that make Champaign County an Immigrant Friendly Community.  We are currently exploring the development of an Immigrant Friendly Community task force with local governments and immigrant community leaders.

I am representing the University Y on campus which is a participating organization in The New Americans Initiative (NAI) project. The Y's NAI team is reaching out to instructors on campus who may be interested in having a guest presenter next semester to share information about community efforts in and around this project. I am also available to meet anytime early next semester to discuss the project details and presentation development further.

Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.

Megan Flowers
Project Coordinator
The New Americans Initiative
University YMCA-UIUC
Office: 217-337-1500

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