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Connecting New Nashvillians

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health held "Connecting New Nashvillians" on September 29, 2010, at 7:30 a.m.

Nashville is home to more than great music; Tennessee ranks third in the nation in the increase of its foreign-born population since 2000, and many of these newcomers call Nashville home. For many of these new Nashvillians, lack of adequate language skills remain one of the most pervasive barriers to education, employment, and integration into the broader receiving community. In response to this need, a number of organizations and initiatives exist to provide English-as-a-Second-Language, job skills, and computer literacy classes for the many immigrant and refugee communities. Mayor Karl Dean will present his vision for municipal and business approaches to bolstering Nashville's capacity to meet these needs, and we will introduce a new online directory of these classes with the hope of fostering interaction and collaboration amongst existing service providers and community organizations.

The event was held at University Club on the Vanderbilt Campus, from 7:30-9:30am. Attendance was $10 (no cost for students) and breakfast was provided.

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