Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Nashville – This morning, Mayor Karl Dean signed an executive order creating an Office of New Americans within his office. Nashville, a modern gateway city with one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country, follows in the footsteps of New York and Chicago in the creation of an office that reduces the barriers to full integration and civic participation for immigrant communities. The creation of the Office of New Americans will develop new initiatives and strengthen existing programs, including the Mayor's New Americans Advisory Council, MyCity Academy, the new Parent Ambassadors program, and TIRRC's partnerships with the city to promote citizenship.
The following is a statement from Stephanie Teatro, Interim Co-Director of TIRRC:
“TIRRC applauds the creation of an Office of New Americans in Nashville and is proud that our Mayor recognizes the benefits this office will bring to our entire community. We hope that the Office of New Americans will ensure that the initiatives of the Mayor's office are inclusive of the unique experiences of immigrant communities, and that cities throughout Tennessee will learn from Nashville’s example and take seriously the need to invest in immigrant integration.”