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Thursday, May 16 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Gathering Community Input to Inform a Welcoming Plan: Lessons From Gateways for Growth

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Communities across the country are developing strategic plans to integrate immigrants, boost economic growth, and welcome all residents. Gathering input from community stakeholders is a crucial step in this process. Town hall meetings, focus groups, and surveys can help identify gaps in services or barriers to accessing them. This training session will focus on how to design and implement community input tools by addressing what questions to ask; how to ensure broad representation; who to partner with; and how to translate the results into policy. Participants will hear from civic and business leaders with field experience soliciting community input and will practice crafting these types of tools.

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Rich Andre

Deputy Director of State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy
Rich André is the Deputy Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the economic case for sensible immigration reform. In this role, he partners with mayors, business leaders, and non-profits to leverage... Read More →
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Robin David

Welcoming Community Fellow, City of Grand Forks, ND
Robin David is a 2018 Bush Leadership Fellow who leads the City of Grand Forks, ND Welcoming Community Roadmap, a five-year community-wide strategic plan to ensure all newcomers have opportunities to grow, connect, and contribute in the city. She is founder and past-president of the... Read More →
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Sanjita Pradhan

Program Director of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Sanjita Pradhan serves as Program Director of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Pradhan’s key focus is leading initiatives to carry out The Partnership’s Global DSM: International Talent Strategy in addition to other talent attraction and development programming... Read More →
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Michael Bridges

Executive Director, Online Learning and Strategy, Duquesne University
Michael Bridges, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Online Learning and Strategy at Duquesne University. In this capacity he is responsible for the strategic vision, institutional resources, and enterprise-wide processes that support all online educational activities. Prior to joining... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level