August 12-14, 2018 University of California Los Angeles
Inaugural Year Seminar Application
Re-Imagining Migration will gather a selected group of leading teachers, scholars and professionals in education working in schools, museums, after-school spaces and policy. The goal of the convening is to set the foundations for and launch a new global network of educational innovators ready to reimagine migration education in a way that fosters the academic, civic, social and emotional capacities of immigrant-origin children and youth and their peers.
Why a Reimagining Migration Institute and network?
Today in the United States, there are 18 million children under the age of 18 who are children of immigrants or immigrants themselves—26% of the school aged population. These numbers echo across the world. Children of migration come into school eager to learn and thrive. Yet because of existing policy and entrenched prejudice, they are often marginalized. Considering increasing polarization in the public debate about migration and continuing and the rising number of children from immigrant families entering our educational institutions ignoring the situation is not an option.
At Re-Imagining Migration, we seek to present a research based, fresh, new perspective on the experience of migration. The story of migration is the story of our shared human experience. Stories of migration shape and are shaped by our understanding of history, literature, art, sciences. Ignoring them, breeds misunderstanding, polarization. Understanding them can reconcile us with our common humanity and inform our interactions in a world of increasing diversity and complexity. We believe educating young people to recognize our shared narratives ad learn to live with, work with, and respect our differences is essential for the survival of democracy.
To do this, we are developing an evidence-based education program and large scale network that fosters academic, civic, social, and emotional growth by inviting educators and students to understand, reflect upon, and take action on issues related to migration. We are seeking educational leaders, inside and outside of schools, including community organizations, museums, and after-school programs to join us in this venture!