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Jacques Kahindo

Professor, Wilberforce University

Many groups and organizations came to the aid of Jacques Kahindo between growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and eventually settling in Dayton. Now he’s working to provide the same support to Dayton’s population of African refugees.

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Alyssa Wagner

Program Director, El Puente Education Center

An immersion field trip to the Dominican Republic turned Alyssa Wagner’s love of Latino culture into a service-oriented passion for helping Dayton’s Hispanic children.

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Dr. Ayman Salem

CEO, Material Resources, LLC

After building a career in aerospace technology in Dayton, Dr. Salem sees himself as an example that other aspiring entrepreneurs and immigrants can follow.

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Dr. Migwe Kimemia

Program Director, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) –Dayton Office

After a unique life journey that’s taken him from East Africa to Southwest Ohio, Migwe Kimemia has emerged as an inspiring force in Dayton’s diverse cultural landscape.

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Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage makes lightweight, low-maintenance bridge decks for vehicles and pedestrians. But, President Scott Reeve is also well known as a man who builds bridges to Dayton’s immigrant community.

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Bor Jang

CEO, Angstron Materials, Nanotek Instruments

When Taiwanese Bor Jang first came to the United States in 1976, he found himself lost in an airport in South Bend, Indiana, barely able to speak English.

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Tim Kambitsch

Executive Director, Dayton Metro Library

For well over a decade, the Dayton Metro Library has been the primary resource for news and information for new immigrants. Executive Director, Tim Kambitsch, details the services the library provides.

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Lori Ward

Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools

There are more than 600 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Dayton Public Schools system. As superintendent at DPS, Ms. Ward has put multiple initiatives into place to welcome students of all nationalities.

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Alvaro Maurice

CEO, Conquistador Consulting LLC

Venezuelan native Al Maurice came to Dayton through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with his parents. He developed a passion for Dayton that led him to start his own consulting business and become heavily involved in planning for the city’s future.

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The Boussahas

Widad Boussaha emigrated from Algeria with her parents when her mother’s name was drawn in the U.S. Visa Lottery program. Through constant pursuit of higher education not available in their home country, the Boussahas have begun creating a better life in Dayton.

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Dayton Mayor Joins New York Summit

 for Cities United for Immigration Action Mayors’ Steering Committee

10367724_10152983737478969_4897717590518995171_nDayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined 20 other mayors from across the country on December 8 in New York for a summit on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan. Mayor Whaley serves on the mayors’ steering committee for Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition seeking to spur Congress to pass immigration reform.

“We are here in New York to support a congressional bill for immigration so that people can come out of the shadows and be active in our communities,” Whaley said.

“We’re focusing our attention on the people who are already living and working in our community, and finding ways for them to be full participants and pay taxes. Dayton has been a leader on immigration, and we’ve been able to share best practices with other mayors here at the summit. We’ve been able to bring together businesses, organizations and other groups to see how we can be more welcoming and inclusive.”

Read more in the story from the Dayton Daily News.

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