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Program Day

Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see reminder email or YW Boston Connect event page for meeting details)


Our objectives are to

  • Explore the impact of immigration status on access to community resources and support
  • Discuss how immigrant populations, especially immigrants who are undocumented, are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Discuss issues and considerations specific and unique to immigration in Greater Boston
  • Identify equity and inclusion related solutions to immigration related inequities
  • 9:00 Welcome & Opening Discussion 
  • 9:30 Expert Speakers 
    • Break
  • 10:45 Greater Boston Immigration 
  • 11:20 Small Group Discussion 
    • Break
  • 12:00 Whole Group Discussion
  • 1:00 Closing & Survey 

Complete the following readings before our program day:

Additional recommended:
Module 4: Interrupting Patterns of Oppression

Watch Module 4, Interrupting Patterns of Oppression (7:56). As you watch the video, take notes and pause at the posed questions (4:45) to write in your LeadBoston journal.

Once you’ve finished the video, share your response to the Post & Share question below as a comment to the pinned post in the YW Boston Connect LeadBoston 2021 group page.

Post & Share: Write up a situation in which you interrupted a pattern. What did you do? How did it go? How do you feel about it? *Please protect privacy of individuals.

Expert Speakers

Chief Celina Barrios-Milner, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Boston Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Chief Barrios-Milner will also be joined by Ân H. Lê and Agnes Chang, both of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA)

Celina Barrios-Millner leads the Equity and Inclusion Unit within the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and is tasked with implementing the Mayor’s Economic Inclusion and Equity Agenda and overseeing the City’s efforts to connect local residents, veterans, and people of color to economic opportunity through the Boston Resident Jobs Policy (BRJP) and the Certification and Contracts programs.

In this role, Barrios-Millner’s two decades of experience in creating opportunities in disenfranchised communities through community engagement and strategic policy development will guide her 15-member team in managing and enforcing BRJP on City of Boston and BPDA construction projects to ensure local residents can benefit from the more than $15 billion in development in the pipeline and connect minority and women-owned enterprises (MWBEs) to millions of dollars in economic opportunities through procurement.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Barrios-Millner led Immigrant Integration efforts for the City of Boston where she provided strategic direction to departments to ensure that immigrant residents and their needs were at the forefront of policy and program design. Previously, she led Partnership Development for the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) to generate business opportunities and resources for certified woman (WBE) and minority-owned businesses (MBE). She is fluent in Spanish and holds a MPP in Urban Policy and Strategic Management from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A in International Relations and Human Rights from The American University.

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), an organization founded at the request of President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s at the height of the civil rights movement. Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including immigrants’ rights and LGBT/HIV equality.

His work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times. Previously, he worked at Lambda Legal, MALDEF, and Fried Frank LLP. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, and the Boston Business Journal included Iván in its “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2018. He has received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award (2017) and President’s Award (2020), and the University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Luther King Award in Social Justice. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. Iván serves on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Follow-Up Conversation Information

Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for details)

Optional Thursday Social Information

Date: Thurday, May 27
5:05 PM to 6:00 PM
Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for details)