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2007.02.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Professor to Take Part in Seminar on Rural Nebraska and Immigration

Omaha - Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be a featured presenter and panelist at a first-of-its-kind seminar focusing on rural Nebraska and immigration set for Wednesday, March 7. Gouveia is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on immigration issues.

The seminar’s focus is based on the results from the 2006 Annual Nebraska Rural Poll. The poll surveyed nearly 2,500 residents from rural areas of the state on their perceptions and opinions about immigration. In particular, respondents were asked for their thoughts on the increase in immigration from Latin America to rural communities, immigration policies and the impact of immigration on the state and its communities.

The seminar is free and open to students, university staff and faculty, and the public. The Center for Applied Rural Innovation, the Nebraska Rural Initiative at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are co-sponsoring the event. The seminar will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Museum, Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q Street, in Lincoln.

Other featured panelists include:

• Raymond Aguilar, Nebraska state senator, District 35;

• Randy Cantrell, professor of sociology and community development specialist, Nebraska Rural Initiative, University of Nebraska–Lincoln;

• Miguel Carranza, professor of sociology and ethnic studies/Latino and Latin American studies, UNL;

• DiAnna Schimek, Nebraska state senator, District 27;

• Jose J. Soto, J.D., vice president for affirmative action/equity/diversity, Southeast Community College;

• Darcy Tromanhauser, director of the Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation program, Nebraska Appleseed;

• Tammy Ward, Lincoln district manager, Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson; and

• Todd Wiltgen, state director, Office of U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel.

For more information, contact Tarik Abdel-Monem at (402) 472-3147 or tarik@unl.edu, or visit www.ppc.nebraska.edu/PolicySeminarSeries.

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