On Saturday, March 22, Columbia and Barnard College will join with members of the African Services Committee and other local African immigrant organizations for a day-long conference, "Forum for African Immigrant Associations." African immigrants to the United States often face severe challenges in obtaining health care and housing, employment and legal services, assistance with immigration and help in overcoming language and cultural barriers.
Co-sponsored by the African Services Committee, Barnard College Political Science Department, Columbia's Muslims in New York Project and Institute for African Studies, the conference's goal is to find new strategies to better serve the African community by exploring the needs of African immigrant associations. Topics include fundraising, membership expansion, networking with public officials, collaborating with other African organizations and transnational activism in Africa.
The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd and 4th floors of Barnard Hall. Morning session panelists include: Edouard Aho-Glele, U.N. Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin, Margie McHugh, New York Immigration Coalition and Denice Williams, Community Resource Exchange. Mark Handelman, New York Association of New Americans, will offer the keynote address at 1:00.
All attendees must be pre-registered. Contact Linda Beck at 212-854-3779 to register.