Daya’s 2013 Free Seminar: White House to Hillcroft Explores Issues of Immigration, Race relations and the South Asian Community


HOUSTON — Daya’s 2013 annual free seminar on Saturday, September 28, explores the issues of immigration, race relations and their impact on the South Asian community.

Featured speaker is Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian American Leading Together (SAALT). SAALT is a national, non-profit organization based in the Washington DC area that addresses issues affecting South Asians through a social justice lens.

Opening remarks by Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Co-Director at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Panelists include Wafa Abdin, Vice President for Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities , Cherry Steinwender, Executive Director at Center for the Healing of Racism, Gordon J. Quan, Co-Chairman at ForsterQuan, LLP(Board Certified-Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and Damaris Nicholson, Disproportionality Specialist at Department of Family and Protective Services. The event will be moderated by Mustafa Tameez.

The seminar will include two serial panels on immigration and race, followed by two parallel, interactive breakout sessions. The Immigration panel will provide a policy-level overview, with national, state and local perspectives. The Race panel will deal with how racial stereotypes and profiling have affected the community, especially in the aftermath of 9/11.

The parallel break-out sessions will provide audience members the opportunity to share their own personal experiences with respect to immigration and race, and start a conversation on how the community can safeguard its interests and provide support to those affected by these issues.

The seminar is scheduled from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Hilton SW in southwest Houston. The free seminar includes breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required.

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