Building Community Connections: A Texas Learning Tour on Immigration

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 8:00am to Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:30pm CDT
Rio Grande Valley
Harlingen, Texas

Program Partners


Philanthropy Southwest and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) are pleased to offer a special program for foundation representatives—including board members and trustees as well as executive and program staff—that will provide a first-hand look at how local, state, and federal immigration policies are impacting communities throughout Texas. This two-day event will take place on June 5-6, 2017, beginning with a funders’ briefing in Harlingen, followed by site visits to key destinations in the Rio Grande Valley.

The funders’ briefing will feature expert speakers – from national policy analysts and demographers to business leaders and local elected officials – who will provide a factual grounding in existing and emerging laws and policies, and provide context for current realities facing immigrant and refugee children and families across the state. There will be opportunities to engage in discussion with colleagues on the relevance of these issues for a wide range of grantmaking priorities. During the learning tour, participants will visit a detention center where immigrants are being held for removal proceedings, a border patrol station, and/or a shelter for unaccompanied children. In addition, the group will hear from local service providers and community leaders who are working with the immigrant and refugee population in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.               

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to do deeper dive on a complex and important issue—as seen from a variety of perspectives—for the state of Texas and the country as a whole.

Tentative Agenda

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Welcome Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Breakfast and Context Setting 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Site Visit 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Lunch and Debrief  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Site Visit  1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Dinner and Performance  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Breakfast and Hotel Checkout  7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Site Visit and Panel Discussion  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch   12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Closing Activity  1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Registration Information

Registration is closed. 

Hotel Accommodations

Residence Inn by Marriott Harlingen
109 Bass Pro Drive
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 230-1662
A courtesy Room Block will be held until May 4, 2017.
Reference "GCIR and Philanthropy Southwest" when booking your hotel reservations.  


A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this programming possible.

Photo: Dawn Paley/Creative Commons

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 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.