On September 29-October 1, 2010, MIRA Coalition was the proud host of the second annual 
National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC), "Becoming Americans," the largest meeting of its kind ever held in the US. Over the course of three-days, 475 attendees from across North America gathered at the Westin Waterfront Hotel, with a notable list of speakers from government, academia and the nonprofit sector, including Governor Deval Patrick, Harvard Professor Robert Putnam, and U.S Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

Four keynote plenaries addressing naturalization, host communities, civic engagement and justice, plus 21 exciting strategy sessions featuring voices from practitioners, researchers and policymakers, covering

professional re-credentialing, naturalizationpublic education,adult educationimmigration reform, entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public safety, state and local initiatives, linguistic and cultural access, welcoming initiatives, financial access, urban revitalization, voting and naturalization, labor rights, fundraising, and current research.

Our Changing Environment

  • How is immigrant integration emerging as a national agenda?
  • With an increasing number of states and municipalities addressing their changing demographics, what are the successful practices and positive impacts emerging from communities across the country?  
  • What are the implications of the current federal government priorities for addressing immigrant integration and immigration reform? 
  • What does an uncertain fiscal environment mean for integration efforts? 
  • Why is the naturalization rate relatively low and what can or should be done? 
  • What is an American and who is shaping the next generation?
Best Practices and New Strategic Directions 
Recognizing that global migration is increasing and continues to bring challenges and opportunities, this conference is a unique occasion to share promising practices, provide timely updates on current developments in the field, reinforce existing organizational and advocacy networks and work together to impact the advancement of immigrant integration policies and practices. This is a venue for the public, private and nonprofit sectors to expand the knowledge base in the immigrant integration field, learn from each other and chart the course for a growing national movement. 

The 2nd Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC)
will be held in Boston, Massachusetts September 29-Oct 1, 2010. The 1st NIIC was an extremely successful event bringing together over 300 stakeholders: policy makers and community based organizations, service providers and the government sector. The Denver conference focused on moving integration efforts forward at the local, state, and national level. The Boston conference will have a similar focus, emphasizing promising practices around integration initiatives, citizenship, language, workforce development and public education. Outstanding leadership will explore the impact of immigrants on the economy, public schools, public safety and elections among a host of keynote speeches and workshops. A fun city for a fall conference, Boston invites you to discover its ethnic neighborhoods and historic sites and take part in a naturalization ceremony held at the opening reception on Wednesday, September 29.

The breadth and depth of Massachusetts’ immigrant community, the 7th largest overall immigrant population in the nation, provides a unique backdrop for inclusion and integration discussions, particularly the challenges of adapting integration policy to an educationally and linguistically diverse immigrant population. Massachusetts has a rich history of providing quality social and integration services and Governor Patrick will offer his New American Agenda as one example of uniting forces across all sectors to foster immigrant integration.
The partners hosting the conference are:
  • The National Partnership for New Americans – The national alliance of immigrant rights state coalitions
  • The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) – Massachusetts' leading immigrant rights coalition of 130 groups.
  • The National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy at MPI - offers policy-focused research, policy design, leadership development, technical assistance and training for policymakers, nonprofit leaders, educators, journalists, researchers, government officials, and others who seek to understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities that today’s high rates of immigration create in local communities.
  • Association of New Americans (ANA) - dedicated to promoting immigrant civic engagement.
  • Welcoming America – a 14 state initiative that promotes respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born neighbors.
Summary Report NOW AVAILABLE:

View full plenary videos of NIIC 2010:

Highlighting best practices from across the country, including E Pluribus Unum Prize Awardees