Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce together with the newly-formed New American Advisory Council, which CAIR-Columbus is a part of, will host a New American Forum on Wednesday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will foster dialogue and familiarity on the challenges and opportunities facing Franklin County’s immigrant community, while raising awareness and promoting integration through community engagement.
Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), will be featured as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Bertley is a nationally renowned thought leader in the fields of applied science, education and community engagement, and has worked internationally in preventative medicine in several countries including Haiti, Egypt, Peru, The Sudan and the Canadian Arctic. A native Canadian, Dr. Bertley also has roots in Trinidad and Tobago.
The event will also feature a panel on business development, as well as remarks from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown and other elected officials.
As New Americans contribute to Ohio’s population growth, their vote and ability to influence policy decisions around the state and nation has become continuously stronger. Ohio is home to an estimated 480,000 immigrants, nearly half of whom are naturalized U.S. citizens.
Franklin County Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce
Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Columbus Councilmember Elizabeth Brown
Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of COSI
New American Advisory Council
2017 New American Forum
Wednesday, May 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
32 North 4th Street
*This event is open to the general public. Click here to reserve tickets.