Dear Readers,


Welcome!  The Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH) is an interdisciplinary community focused on advancing evidence-based and equity-centered practice for the fastest-growing student population—immigrant-origin children and youth. We bring together scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders who seek to continuously better understand and best serve this population.


We strive to do so in a number of ways. Our website serves as a clearinghouse of information focused on translating evidence-based research to promising practices. Our Speaker Series brings scholars with important emerging findings addressing immigrant-origin children and youth. We have a vibrant community of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows who come together to work on a variety of research projects related to this population, meeting weekly in our IIH Seminar. We have a new Educator Brief series that succinctly summarizes what we think educators should know about a variety of topics in the field. In the Moving Stories Podcast, immigrant-origin young people reflect on the ways migration has shaped their lives and experiences. And, of course, we are always thinking of ways to contribute to research in this field.


To keep you informed on some of our activities and to introduce you to members of our community, the Immigration Initiative at Harvard team is now delighted to launch our new blog series. In the Speaker Series High Points, we will draw attention to recent speakers to IIH with attention to important take-home messages. In Hot of the Press blogs, we will summarize newly released reports, Educator Briefs, and findings we think readers may find of interest.  You can also expect Moving Stories ReCaps that will summarize key points to be considered from our Moving Stories Podcast. And in Meet the IIH Team, you will hear from team members to learn a little about who they are and what they are excited about in regard to work in this field.


We hope you enjoy the Blog series and that it will serve to connect you to our work!


With warmest regards,


Carola Suárez-Orozco

Director of the Immigration Initiative

Nancy Palencia Ramirez