Supporting Diversity via Immigration Education

One of the things I have been trying to do, via Mira Krishnan LLC*, is to use webinars as a format to continue my mission of diversity education during the COVID-19 crisis. I helped the Association of Children’s Residential Centers plan a recent webinar and moderated panelists discussing implementing telemedical services for youth with complex challenges and their families. I will be hosting a webinar for the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity  (of which I am President Elect) supporting the community of providers and psychology trainees supporting LGBTQIA+ patients. Webinars hosted by Mira Krishnan LLC are non-partisan and educational, and generally focus on some element of supporting diversity and diverse populations.

This weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to host a webinar with GC Reforms, a non-profit organization dedicated to reforms for the United States immigration system.

20200504 - GC Reforms Graph

This graph, from GC Reforms, shows that wait times for Indian-American immigrants have become so long that they are much longer than the human lifespan. This means the average skilled worker trying to obtain citizenship from India will die before becoming a US citizen.

Because of the way the system works, and because it has not been overhauled in nearly 100 years, the system is heavily biased against high-skill workers, particularly when they come from large countries, such as India and China. These are knowledge workers from a range of industries who have tremendous gifts to give to US employers. They are here, already, on work visas. They pay US taxes. They have followed every step of the immigration process carefully. And yet, because of the way this system works, they can expect to die before they will be granted US citizenship. This is unfair to them and to our country. To find out more, watch the video, below.

 

If you have suggestions for additional content you’d like to see in webinars, please reach out to me! This is just one small way I am trying to support diversity, even in the age of quarantine.

* You guys, I recently became a Mira Charlotte Jourdan, but the LLC is keeping its name for now. To quote the Elvis Costello song, you can call me anything you like, but my name is Mira.

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