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CVIIC Conference

September 26, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CVIIC Conference on Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley 9 26 2016

CVIIC Conference on Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley: September 26, 2016


CVIIC Conference Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley September 26, 2016
CVIIC Conference Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley


The Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) is sponsoring its second annual Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley. The CVIIC conference will bring together over one hundred representatives of partner organizations, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, funders and others. The focus of the conference is on the economic, civic, socio-cultural and linguistic integration of immigrants residing in our communities.

It will also feature three keynote speakers: Felicia Escobar, Dr. Joaquin Arambula and Mariela Melero.

Felicia Escobar CVIIC Conference September 26, 2016
Felicia Escobar CVIIC Conference

Felicia Escobar

In her role as Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, Felicia develops the President’s strategy for building a 21st century immigration system. This work involves coordinating efforts across the Executive branch to strengthen the current system and working toward passage of meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Felicia previously served on U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s legislative team, working with him to develop his legislative agenda on a host of issues including labor, civil rights, judicial nominations and immigration. Felicia advised Senator Salazar during the comprehensive immigration reform debates of 2006 and 2007 in which Senator Salazar was a key member of the bipartisan group pressing for reform. Felicia started her career as a State Policy Analyst working for the National Council of La Raza. She represented NCLR and its network of affiliates in the Texas State Legislature, testifying before legislative committees to advocate for education, immigrant access to benefits, and hate crimes legislation. Felicia is a native of San Antonio, TX. She received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Joaquin Arambula CVIIC Conference September 26, 2016
Joaquin Arambula CVIIC Conference

Dr. Joaquin Arambula

Dr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 to represent California’s 31st Assembly District.

Dr. Arambula was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, where he attended Fresno public schools. Later he attended medical school with the intention of returning to his home community to practice medicine and make the Central Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family.

In the Assembly, he is focusing on efforts to increase access to healthcare for low-income Californians, fighting for increased water supplies for the Central Valley, and improving air quality. Dr. Arambula will also work to create jobs by improving the local economic climate.

Dr. Arambula and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fresno with their three daughters.

Mariela Melero CVIIC Conference September 26, 2016
Mariela Melero CVIIC Conference

Mariela Melero

Mariela Melero became the associate director of the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate on May 7, 2012. Under her leadership, CSPE is developing and implementing a new customer service delivery model. This includes increasing access to agency information and services, promoting transparency between the customer and USCIS and ensuring the customer and stakeholder feedback loop is seamless.

Before her appointment, Melero was the chief of the Office of Public Engagement. Melero joined federal service in 1987 as director of Public Affairs for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Houston. She also served as director of the agency’s regional office for Congressional and Public Affairs in Dallas. In 2003, Melero joined the agency’s headquarters office in Washington as deputy chief of the newly established USCIS Office of Citizenship. In 2006, she transitioned to the Office of Communications as deputy director.


CVIIC is a regional network of non-profit organizations, public sector institutions, community based organizations, pro bono attorneys and community leaders committed to making the Central Valley a region of opportunities to all residents. CVIIC offers free application assistance to federal or state level programs. This includes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), naturalization, U-Visas, Medi-Cal, AB60 driver licenses, among others. These services are offered in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus andTulare counties.

The CVIIC conference on immigrant integration in the Central Valley will be a day-long event, with registration starting at 8:00 AM.

The conference will feature keynote speakers, thematic groups to focus on strategic planning.

A complete schedule will be posted here when the program has been completed.

The event is free of charge.

The conference is made possible by the generous support provided to CVIIC by foundations including the following: Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund, The Rosenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, the California Immigrant Policy Center, the New Americans Campaign, Fresno Adult School, Ready California and an Anonymous Donor.

Registration for the Conference is Now Closed

To register for this important CVIIC conference, please fill out the RSVP form below. Once completed, please be sure to click on the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the form.

Space is limited and the registration deadline is September 22, 2016.


If you have problems with the RSVP process please send an email to cviic.chair @ gmail.com. Please include your full name, title, organizational affiliation and contact information (email and telephone).

Please share the link to this CVIIC conference with other contacts who are interested in the promotion of immigrant integration efforts in the Central Valley.



UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research
155 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, 93701-2302 United States
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