Center on Immigration
The Center on Immigration at Cabrini University is an academic, nonpartisan organization that promotes immigrant justice through research, education, and advocacy.
Consistent with the mission of Cabrini University and the legacy of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patroness of immigrants, the Center engages students and scholars in the pursuit of social justice to advance the human rights and human dignity of people in migration. The Center does this by engaging nationally and globally in three interrelated areas of focus:
Education and Advocacy
The Center sponsors interdisciplinary educational forums and symposia featuring scholars, activists, and service providers with the goal of influencing narratives pertaining to migration and promoting acceptance and inclusivity. In collaboration with community partners, it engages scholars and students in activism and advocacy at the local, national, and global level for migrants, refugees, and survivors of trafficking. On a limited basis, direct legal representation is provided to low-income clients facing deportation or seeking citizenship.
Research and Scholarship
The Center cultivates communities of scholars, promotes original research, and facilitates faculty development. It seeks to be a leading resource for proposed solutions to the inherent problems in immigration law and policy. To that end, it fosters interdisciplinary collaboration—traversing the borders of traditional disciplines— and disseminates scholarly publications. The Center sponsors a colloquium series for migration scholars and supports presentations at national and international academic conferences.
Culture and History
The Center advances the artistic and cultural expression of artists who are immigrants or whose art explores themes related to migration. It celebrates the richness of our immigrant communities through art exhibits, performances, film series, and liturgical or devotional services relevant to migrant justice. Recognizing the transformative power of historical consciousness, the Center promotes exhibits that foster knowledge of the past and highlight the struggles and contributions of immigrant communities throughout history.