Developing a Global Perspective Will Be Symposium Topic – Mayor Allen Joines to Deliver Opening Remarks

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (February 24, 2010) – The International Center of Forsyth Technical Community College will sponsor a symposium on Developing a Global Perspective, on Friday, February 26. The all day symposium will focus on how Americans can increase their understanding and openness toward the current and changing immigrant populations. Mayor Allen Joines will deliver opening remarks, which will be held on Forsyth Tech’s West Campus on Bolton Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will open a dialog within the community on such issues as the changing face of the immigrant population from primarily one of Hispanic origin to other populations on the rise, including African, Asian, Iraqi, Karenni and Bhutanese. Emphasis will be on how these cultures are different from the general American culture and how Americans can best respond when presented with new and changing cultural differences. Topics include discrimination issues being faced by new immigrants, how those issues differ among immigrant populations and how the community and individuals can be a part of the solutions.

Also on the agenda is a small business counseling session in Spanish that will focus on starting a new business, tips on staying in business and secrets of cornering the American market. Those sessions will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

The presenters represent a wide range of organizations which are active in working with immigration and/or who are impacted by changes and shifts in immigration populations.  Those organizations include Faith Action International House, World Relief of North Carolina, the Immigration and Law Project, Forsyth Tech Community College and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Forsyth County.

The symposium will take place on February 26 at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC from 8:15 am – 3:30pm.

To RSVP and for more information, call 336-631-1325 or 336-631-1326