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 conferences featuring scholars, activists, and service providers with the goal of promoting tolerance 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 may be provided to low-income clients facing deportation or seeking citizenship.
Research and Scholarship
The Center supports student research and facilitates faculty development across universities. 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 focused on immigrant justice. Annually, a scholar or activist in residence is chosen and an award is given for exceptional advocacy by/for people in migration.
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 that transforming perceptions about people in migration in the present requires knowledge of the past, the Center promotes exhibits that increase historical consciousness of immigrant struggles and contributions.