Re-Imagining Migration is by design, a field-building organization. Fundamental to our vision is recognizing that in order to achieve our goals, we need to build a pro-active, collaborative network of partners. To achieve this, we have developed a framework and key tools that are flexible and are easily adaptable for a wide range of educational organizations. We seek opportunities to work in partnership with every opportunity. Our seminars are enriched by the participation and presentations of our peers and our programming is more robust as a result of the relationships we have developed in the field. Today, we have developed partnerships with more than 35 major educational institutions which have further outreach to over 1.5 million educators across the country.
The professional learning communities we facilitate ensure the development of ongoing relationships and new layers of connection between individuals and organizations. Our work bridges scholars across various fields with interdisciplinary networks of educators. It is through these relationships and participation with national and international gatherings with leaders in our fields that we learn with and from our colleagues and share the insights and best practices we have developed.
Educators will have the skills to unleash the potential of their immigrant-origin students by creating an educational ecosystem that understands immigrant-origin youth and the obstacles they face and decreases the bias that their students face from peers and school staff. In addition, new school curriculum will develop an understanding of migration among all youth and they will learn that migration is not a charged civic challenge, but instead a throughline of the human experience.
Both immigrant-origin and non-immigrant youth will be prepared to counter the polarization that so often accompanies demographic changes. Recognizing that human beings have been on the move throughout history, the rising generation will approach the next debate about immigration with empathy, respect and understanding. As a result, empowered, empathetic, and engaged youth will take their role as civic agents in the struggle to re-imagine democracy, working to create strong and resilient communities built for the future.
Recognizing that education is a touchpoint for institutions within and across communities, we expect to see the attitude changes that we are building in schools and other educational organizations have impacts well beyond the walls of a classroom. Indeed, that is the promise of education.
How we will get there