What Makes an Immigrant? ☆

| September 25, 2010

In the middle of September, the Buddies were invited to reflect on what makes a person an immigrant. We were preparing to work with a diverse group of young students, many of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants. In this context, awareness of multicultural concerns is especially important.

During our reflection that day, we watched a clip from Alejandro Portes, the Princeton professor who has shaped understandings of immigration, urbanization, and social capital. In the clip (full version here) Portes touched on the myriad difficulties that American immigrants can face in this country. It was an excellent reminder that, as caring and careful educators, we have a responsibility to understand the personal experiences and individual strengths of our students.