In this issue, Kalpana Krishnamurthy, director of the Research and Action for Change and Equity (RACE) Program, illuminates effective strategies for building the leadership skills of first-generation immigrants and refugees. She shares insights from the Western Institute for Organizing and Leadership Development for Immigrants and Refugees (WILDIR) and offers lessons learned and recommendations for foundations. WILDIR’s curriculum provides a space where immigrants and refugees from around the world can share their experiences, explore issues of identity, and tackle tough topics such as the implications of race in their countries of origin as well as in the United States. As an outcome, the program endeavors to build a strong, multi-ethnic immigrant and refugee justice movement by strengthening the skills of immigrant leaders, and fostering a deeper understanding of political engagement strategies to ensure that a united immigrant voice can be heard.
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