Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes Awards Ceremony
Keynote Remarks: The Honorable Luis V. Gutiérrez, United States Representative (IL-4), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force
Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration, White House Domestic Policy Council
Ronald G. Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access & Opportunity, State of Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance
Allison Kokkoros, Chief Academic Officer, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School – Washington, DC (E Pluribus Unum Awardee)
Eva Millona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) (E Pluribus Unum Awardee)
Mihailo Temali, Founder and CEO, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) – St. Paul, MN (E Pluribus Unum Awardee)
Gayle Tang, Senior Director, National Diversity and Inclusion, Kaiser Permanente (E Pluribus Unum Awardee)
Awards Ceremony Remarks: The Honorable Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator (MN), Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Event Moderator: Michael Fix, Senior Vice President and Co-Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute
Panel Moderator: Margie McHugh, Co-Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute
This event honored the 2013 recipients of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes, MPI's national awards program that provided $50,000 prizes to exceptional U.S. immigrant integration initiatives. Preceding the reception and awards ceremony, the panel discussion focused on integration policy opportunities and challenges associated with potential immigration reform measures.
The E Pluribus Unum Prizes honor exemplary immigrant integration initiatives and seek to inspire and provide models to others who are working to help immigrants and their children join the mainstream of U.S. society and build stronger ties between immigrant and native-born communities.
The success of U.S. immigration policy ultimately turns on the effectiveness of integration for the nation's nearly 41 million immigrants. Creative efforts to promote immigrant integration are occurring in thousands of communities, whether in adult English and job training classes at local community colleges and businesses; in schools, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies; in neighborhood councils where immigrant- and native-born residents work together to address common problems; and in countless other initiatives that seek to promote the economic, social, and civic integration of immigrants with mainstream society.