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2019 Research Forum: Immigration and Mobility in Higher Ed

Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 7th Floor
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Overview
This is the 2019 iteration of the annual UMBC Research Forum series, which brings together researchers and scientists from across the UMBC community and external partners to establish and grow meaningful collaborations around common research themes.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Science Scholarship and the Office of the Vice President for Research, this Research Forum aims to increase collaborations between researchers from different campus units who are doing work related to the politics and policy surrounding immigration and mobility in higher education. 

Prior Research Forums have focused on such topics as “Public Humanities and Health Justice,” "Social Sciences and Human Health;" "High-Performance Computing;" "Climate Change and the Environment;" "Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture," and "Re-Imagining Aging Research."

We encourage you to actively participate in this event, learn from the keynote presentation, contribute to the panel discussions, and meet new colleagues during the microtalk roundtables.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Julie Park
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Asian American Studies
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Julie Park is associate professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she currently serves as the Director of Asian American Studies. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Global Migration Studies and a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Park's research focuses most broadly on the adaptation process of immigrants and their children in the United States, which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race, and urban studies. Specifically, she examines how immigrants improve their socioeconomic status with longer duration in the U.S. She developed the immigrant generation cohort method to assess intergenerational mobility across immigrant generations. Her research also considers how residential segregation changes in new and established immigrant gateways, and assesses the health and health care access assimilation process of immigrants. Her work has been published in Demography, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Professor Park's research focuses most broadly on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race, and urban studies. Specifically, she examines how immigrants improve their socioeconomic status with longer duration in the U.S. She also utilizes an innovative cohort method to assess intergenerational mobility across immigrant generations. Second, she considers how residential segregation changes in new and established immigrant gateways. Lastly, she assesses the health and health care access assimilation process of immigrants.

Agenda
8:30 am Sign-in and Breakfast
8:50 am Welcome

  • Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research
  • Scott Casper, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship
9:00 am Panel 1: 'Borders of Opportunity’: Migration, Education, and Mobility

Moderator – Scott Casper, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Panelists:
  • Felipe Filomeno, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Global Studies: Global education and cosmopolitan attitudes among immigrant students
  • Jayshree Jani, Associate Professor, Social Work: Social welfare of immigrants in the U.S.
  • Anita Komlodi, Associate Professor, Information Systems: Information behavior of highly educated immigrants
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am President’s Remarks
– Freeman Hrabowski, President
10:30 am Panel 2: Immigration Policies and Politics: Local, National, and International Impact
  Moderator: Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship
  Panelists:
  • David Di Maria, Associate Vice Provost for International Education: The current landscape of international research exchange in higher education
  • Tim Gindling, Professor, Economics, and Lisa Dickson, Associate Professor, Economics: Higher education policies and the effect on immigrant students
  • George La Noue, Professor, Public Policy: The role of higher education associations in immigration policy debates
11:30 am Coffee Break
11:45 am Microtalk Roundtables: Themed sessions featuring 5-minute talks on law and policy, transnational migration, and higher education

  • Melisa Argañaraz, PhD Student, Geography & Environmental Systems
  • Dena Aufseeser, Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems
  • Pamela R. Bennett, Associate Professor, Public Policy
  • Amy Bhatt, Associate Professor, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
  • Jeffrey Davis, Professor, Political Science
  • Oleg Firsin, Assistant Professor, Economics
  • Irina Golubeva, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
  • Tania Lizarazo, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
  • Thania Muñoz, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
  • Meredith Oyen, Associate Professor, History
12:45 pm Lunchtime Keynote Address

"Immigrant Educational Attainment, Mobility, and Differential Returns"

Dr. Julie Park
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Asian American Studies
University of Maryland, College Park

The 1965 Immigration Act abolished the national quota system and ushered in an era of unprecedented ethnoracial and socioeconomic diversity. Immigrants and their children are now 27% of the U.S. population, and they are integrating into every part of American society. Park will present the educational attainment of various immigrant groups, the intergenerational education mobility from the first to second generation, and how some immigrants are gaining greater occupational and earnings returns on their education than others. The talk will focus on national trends as well as those in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore regions.

1:45 pm Closing Remarks

– Don Engel, Assistant Vice President for Research
2:00 pm Research Forum Concludes


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