Immigration Work for All Americans
Building the New
Dynamics was created in 2006 to provide a source of expertise and training related to the challenges
and opportunities associated with immigration to the United States in the 21st century.
Our work is based on the belief
that immigration can be a continuing source of energy, innovation, and benefit to all Americans, but only if our leaders,
whether in government, business, education, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector, adhere to values of equality and inclusiveness
and follow policies designed to promote the integration of immigrants into our society.
According to the International
Organization for Migration, there are roughly 214 million migrants world-wide, comprising 3.1 percent of the world's
population, set in motion by the three "D's" of development, demography, and democracy. Despite the current downturn
in the world economy, all signs point to further increase in migrant numbers in the future, particularly in the developed
world. Although one could argue whether there is too much or too little immigration, the real question, according to the Commission,
is quite different. "International migration is an established feature of contemporary economic, social and political
life, driven by unstoppable forces of globalization and demography...the real question is how to manage migration for the
benefit of all."
Remember that when you say
"I will have
none of this exile
and this stranger for his face
is not like my face
and his speech is strange,"
have denied America with that word.
Policy and program development
for public agencies and private organizations seeking to adapt to changing ethnic and cultural patterns in American communities
builds on the experience of generations of Americans who have toiled to make our country a welcoming and cosmopolitan place.
Through trial and error, we have learned how to make diversity work for all Americans. As we witness the tragic toll of intergroup
hatred and hostility around the world, and even regrettably in our own country, we must recommit to the values and practices
that have made the country an example and an inspiration to the rest of the world.
Dynamics does not study issues in isolation; rather it seeks to design solutions to real-life problems
faced by organizations adapting to ethnic and cultural change. We identify best practices and translate cutting edge research
into practical solutions, bridging the academic and policy worlds. Effective interventions require not only specialized knowledge
but also the ability to work with, and learn from, people from diverse cultural and lingusitic backgrounds, to involve
them in the decision-making process, and a willingness to adapt to the special circumstances and needs of each client.