Re-Imagining Migration believes that every student has the right to an equitable and inclusive K-12 education where all students, regardless of their migration histories and experiences, feel a sense of belonging. Research and experience reveal that to achieve this we need to develop supportive educators, create and implement inclusive curriculum, and promote unifying narratives of migration.
Established in partnership with leading scholars at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Harvard’s Project Zero, we have since evolved to become an independent 501c3 in 2020. Our research exposed the issues that immigrant-origin children face and led to the creation of a systems change framework focused on eradicating educational barriers foundational to our work. Our vision is to eliminate the educational inequities faced by immigrant-origin youth and prepare all youth to support and sustain a just and equitable society.
Why does this matter now?
The values of inclusion, belonging, welcoming, and true integration are not simply aspirational ideals, they are essential dispositions for a world in which working with and living with people whose ideas, experiences, cultures, and accents are increasingly likely to be different from our own will be the norm.
We are in a very dangerous moment, nearly 70% of majority white schools report anti-immigrant harassment and yet only 36% of those same schools communicate to their students and faculty about the need to be tolerant and respectful toward immigrants.
Immigrant origin youth are one of the fastest growing sectors of the US population accounting for 23% of children and 33% of young adults. Eighty-five percent are people of color. While the children of immigrants arrive in classrooms eager to learn, their positive attitudes are undermined by social hostility, divisive rhetoric, and anti-immigrant bigotry. While some manage to flourish, many more struggle as they move through the educational pipeline.
Educators are struggling too. The vast majority of school faculty have never received training on how to best serve immigrant origin students, build bridges between students, teach about human migration, create culturally supportive classrooms, or manage difficult conversations about immigration.
When educators are unprepared to support immigrant students, they disengage. We can help. Learn how.