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2005.07.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS to Host Immigrant and English Language Learners Roundtable July 26

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) – together with the Migration Policy Institute, the Urban Institute, Public Interest Projects and the New York Immigration Coalition – will host a daylong discussion on issues affecting immigrant and English language learner (ELL) students in the midwestern United States Tuesday, July 26.

The goal of the roundtable is to explore the strategies that public, private and nonprofit organizations are employing or can employ to improve these students' school performance, said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and an associate professor of sociology at UNO.

The July 26 meeting at UNO is the first of several regional and national meetings to be hosted by the National Immigrant and ELL Education Advocacy Project.  It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus.

Scheduled participants from Nebraska include Fremont Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, the Nebraska Department of Education, and the Nebraska Coalition for Educational Equity and Adequacy.  Representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Minnesota also will attend the UNO meeting.

For more information about the July 26 event, contact Lucy Garza at (402) 554-3835 or lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about OLLAS, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas.

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