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Immigration Matters


Thursday, February 28, 2013; ends at 5:00 PM (EST)

Immigration Matters

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Pre-conference Alumni Session PLUS Immigration Matters (9 am-5 pm)
Register for the pre-conference Alumni session AND Immigration Matters. The pre-conference session is open only to Latino Initiative Alumni to share best practices and network with alumni from across the state. Registration for the pre-conference session will save you a seat automatically for the afternoon.
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Immigration Matters Forum (12-5 pm)
Forum will begin with a light lunch and keynote speaker at 12:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. You will have the option of registering for the Main Event location at NCSU's Hunt library in Raleigh, or you can chose to participate with a local group at one of two satellite locations--UNC Charlotte Center City, in Charlotte or Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem.
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Event Details


 Immigration Matters


9:00 am     CIU Alumni Sharing Best Practices (this session is open only for CIU alumni). Click here for the pre-conference agenda and speaker bios.


Immigration Matters Forum

James B. Hunt Library

NC State University Centennial Campus

Raleigh, NC

February 28, 2013 

For the full program brochure, please click HERE

11:30 a.m.       Registration & Networking Lunch, Institute for Emerging Issues Commons


12:15 p.m.      Welcome

Melissa Edwards Smith, Director of Global Leaders Programs, Center for International Understanding

Peter D. Hans, UNC Board of Governors, Chairman Senior Policy Advisor, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Leslie Boney, Vice President for International, Community, and Economic Engagement,
University of North Carolina General Administration


The Time is Now:        Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice

Keynote Address:        Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist & CNN Contributor

Afternoon Moderator:  Frank Stasio, host of WUNC's The State of Things

1:45 p.m.        Details Matter: Numbers, Photos, Stories 

  • Allan Parnell, McMillan and Moss Research: NC's Changing Demographics
  • Saul Flores, Pixbit: Walk of the Immigrants
  • Susan Downs-Karkos, Welcoming America: Receiving Communities Initiative

3:15 p.m.        Work Matters: High-Tech, Agriculture and Service Industries  

  • Bert Lemkes, Co-Owner, Van Wingerden International
  • Jenn Mann, VP of Human Resources, SAS
  • Bob McDevitt, Senior VP of Franchising, Golden Corral
  • Larry Wooten, President, NC Farm Bureau

4:15 p.m.        Closing Remarks: Lisa Atkins, Director of Immigration Policy,

                        U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Can't attend the forum at the Hunt Library at NC State University in Raleigh?  Register above to attend a satellite session at UNC Charlotte, Center City in Charlotte or attend in Winston-Salem at Northwest AHEC at Deacon Tower/Wake Forest BB&T Field!

SPONSORS (as of 2/14/13)

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Bayer CropScience

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Center for Global Initiatives

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Compare Foods

The Durham Chamber of Commerce

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

First Presbyterian Church of Durham

Food Lion

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Institute for the Study of the Americas 


North Carolina Bankers Association 

North Carolina Blueberry Council, Inc. 

North Carolina Farm Bureau

North Carolina Pickle Growers Association

North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

NC Soy Bean Association

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

PMI Global Services, Inc.

The Redwoods Group

Reynolds American, Inc.


Tanner Companies, LLC

Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina



Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs

Institute for Emerging Issues

Levine Museum of the New South 

The Latino Migration Project

Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

UNC Charlotte

Uniting NC


Join the conversation on Twitter!    twitter #IMFORUM



I'm attending the main event in Raleigh. What are my parking options for the event at the Hunt Library on NCSU's Centennial Campus? Parking permits will be given to registrants of the event to park in the closest deck to the Hunt Library. Handicapped spaces are available near the entrance. 

I'm attending the session in Charlotte. Where is UNC Charlotte, Center City building located?  UNC Charlotte Center City is located at 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Click HERE for their webpage.

I'm attending the session in Winston-Salem.  Where is the Northwest AHEC building located? NWAHEC is located at Deacon Tower at BB&T Field, 475 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  Click HERE for their webpage.  

What can I bring to the event? Bring your iPad and/or Smartphone so you can send questions to the moderator and/or follow the event on Twitter. 

 Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact event organizers at

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, but only those registered will be allowed to attend

For additional information on the James B. Hunt Library at NC State University, click

Have questions about Immigration Matters? Contact CIU

When & Where

James B. Hunt Jr Library, NC State University Centennial Campus Raleigh, NC
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606

Thursday, February 28, 2013; ends at 5:00 PM (EST)

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Awareness | Understanding | Action

Immigration Matters Advisory Committee

Leslie Boney, UNC General Administration

Anita Brown-Graham, Institute for Emerging Issues

Tony Caravano, Compass Group

Kristin Collins, Independent Consultant

Leslie Bevacqua Coman, CapStrat

Francis De Los Reyes, NC State University

Susan Downs-Karkos, Welcoming America

Jim Fain, Consultant

Edward B. Fiske, Education Writer and Consultant

Heather Graham, Education First

Michael Lischke, NWAHEC & Wake Forest School of Medicine

Fran Preston, NC Retail Merchants Association (retired)

Carlos Sanchez, AT&T North Carolina

Frank Sharry, America's Voice

Joe Stewart, JRS Strategy Group

Nancy H. Temple, Consultant

Kevin Trapani, The Redwoods Group

Larry Wooten, NC Farm Bureau

Mission: The Center for International Understanding serves North Carolina by promoting awareness, expanding understanding and empowering action through global education.

Vision: CIU’s programs for business, policy and education leaders aim to make North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation.

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