Building Strong and Inclusive Communities in the Southwest by Advancing Naturalization for New Americans

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Friday, October 18, 2019 -
10:15pm to 11:45pm MDT
The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80906


At least 1.3 million immigrants are eligible to naturalize in the Southwest in states including Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. To be able to naturalize, these immigrants must have, among other things, green cards, an ability to read, write and speak in English, and have knowledge and understanding of American history and U.S. government principles. Immigrants tend to naturalize in order to engage civically, increase their sense of belonging, and improve their economic opportunity and family incomes, which in turn strengthens the fabric of our communities. Grantmakers are engaged in innovative efforts to support strong and inclusive communities by ensuring that New Americans can complete their naturalization process and integrate into communities. Join us for a dynamic discussion as we unpack lessons learned and best practices.


  • Felicia Escobar, Director of Immigration, The Beacon Fund
  • Gerri Mannion, Program Director, US Democracy & Special Opportunities, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Melissa Rogers, Director of Programs; New American’s Campaign


  • Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs, GCIR