NYC in the Lead

Perspectives on Immigrant Integration Efforts

This event showcased a multi-media history of immigration in New York City, with immigrant communities highlighting their achievements and discussing the issues facing immigrant populations today. After the history, a series of panelists discussed the current state of the city's immigrant integration efforts. The event closed with a number of musical performances, and the screening of dramatic short films.

Hosted by The New York Immigration Coalition


  • Professor, CUNY Graduate Center;
    Director, The CUNY Graduate Center for Urban Research

  • Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

  • Legal and Policy Director, DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving

  • Executive Director, Central American Legal Assistance

  • Executive Director, La Fuente

  •  Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs

  • Associate Director, Center for Immigration Studies, Queens College

  • Executive Director, New Immigrant Community Empowerment

  • Executive Director, MinKwon Center for Community Action

  • Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association

  • Executive Director, El Centro del Inmigrante de Staten Island

  • Executive Director, Russian American Voter Education League

  • Executive Director & President, Internationals Network for Public Schools

  • Executive Director, Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

  • Director of Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition

  • Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition


Event Highlights:

"The mayor needs to advocate for multiple pathways to graduation for students -- not just testing."

- Claire Sylvan, Executive Director & President, Internationals Network for Public Schools

"New York City is an immigrant city -- so the future of the city belongs to immigrant children"

- Vladimir Epshteyn, Executive Director, Russian American Voter Education League

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