May 25, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 18

Institute Plans Fall Event on Immigration

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture is gearing for a major fall conference on immigration-related issues as it prepares for its annual summer training program in July.

"Diversity Challenge 2006: Do Immigrants Catch or Carry Race and Culture?," which will be held Oct. 20-21, will examine research, interventions and strategies that have addressed the integration of race and ethnic culture in the lives of immigrants in the United States.

Immigrants, whether they come by choice, force or political and economic necessity, bring with them - in addition to language, world views, health practices and other aspects of their country's culture - their own experiences of racial and/or ethnic socialization, said conference organizers in their announcement of the event.

"For some immigrants, the transition presents either an opportunity or burden as they learn to fit into a society where they may be assigned to racial categories on the basis of different physical characteristics than operated in their home country. Racial categories are social constructions that have powerful social meanings.

"Do immigrants adopt or 'catch' these categories or do they hold on to or 'carry' labels from home? Do the caught or carried categories have different implications for education, health and mental and social policies as they pertain to immigrants?"

The conference will include workshops, symposiums, structured discussions and individual presentations. For more information, see the event's Web site at

The institute's summer training program, which runs from July 19-22, will offer comprehensive training in the areas of race, culture, and the integration of these concepts into research methods and professional practice. Researchers, practitioners, educators, spirituality and community leaders as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are among those invited to attend.

Major topics to be covered in the program include "Racial Identity Development" and "The Influence of Culture in People's Lives."

More details are available on-line.

-Office of Public Affairs

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