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Spring Conference

Responding to Immigrants: Bridging Research and Practice to Meet the Needs of immigrants in New Growth Communities

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tomás Jiménez, Stanford University

Tomás Jiménez is an assistant professor of sociology at Stanford University. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (University of California Press, 2010) draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. The book was recently awarded the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section 2011 Distinguished Book Award. Professor Jiménez has also published this research in the American Journal of SociologyEthnic and Racial    StudiesSocial Science QuarterlyDuBois Review, and the Annual Review of Sociology

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: I-Hotel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keynote Speaker: Tomás Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Program: This national conference is the culmination of a year-long project to bring together researchers at the University of Illinois who study immigrant/Latino issues in new growth communities with the practitioners and professionals serving these communities in Champaign County, Illinois. Over the past year, researchers and practitioners in this community have met in small groups and in large public gatherings to exchange ideas and to build and strengthen relationships. Most importantly, we have sought to better understand the opportunities and challenges inherent in blending research and practice knowledge to addressing emerging issues in communities with new immigrant populations. Our conference aims to expand beyond this local experience by soliciting the experiences of researchers and practitioners in other new growth and traditional immigrant communities, and from a variety of disciplines.