SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK — The public is invited to a free panel discussion about U.S. immigration issues Thursday in Saratoga Springs.
The panel will include members of the Empire State College and Skidmore College faculties, who will also answer audience questions.
The event, titled “Immigration in the U.S.: Implications for Our Future,” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at SUNY Empire State College, Room 143, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. It is sponsored by the Center for Distance Learning Development Committee of Empire State College and will be streamed live at http://pointers.audiovideoweb.com/asxfiles-live/va92winlive2341.asx.
“It can be argued that American culture as we know it is the history of immigration,” said Sheila Aird, academic area coordinator and assistant professor of historical studies at the Center for Distance Learning at Empire State College.
“Immigration reform has once again hit the United States. Immigrants and non-immigrants alike are taking sides on the issue,” she said. “We will discuss the implications of proposed immigration legislation on health care, economics and public policy as well as its cultural and social roles. We will tackle a complicated issue, helping us to better understand its broader implications.”
Panelists will include Mara Kaufmann, an associate professor at the Center for Distance Learning who has 30 years of experience delivering services to legal and illegal immigrant populations in South Dakota, Alaska, Colorado and New York state; Pushkala Prasad, professor of management and liberal arts at Skidmore College and visiting chair professor of corporate social responsibility at Lund University in Sweden, who is a co-editor of “Managing the Organizational Melting Pot” and the “Handbook of Workplace Diversity”; Nazik Roufaiel, area coordinator of accounting and finance at the Center for Distance Learning, who was born in Cairo, Egypt, and immigrated to the United States in 1980; and Robert Turner, associate professor of government at Skidmore College.
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