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St. Cloud State University Hosts Its Last Year of Global Goes Local Conference

Global goes Local conferenceSt. Cloud State University hosted a two-day conference “The Global Goes Local: The Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota Conference” in April. News Director Mohammad Najafian talked with SCSU Sociology Professor Stephen Philion about the conference.

In its sixth and last year, participants learned about social conditions of Minnesota immigrant workers. Mike Hasbrouck, a guitarist and singer, as well as a professor of Spanish in the Department Languages and Cultures at St. cloud State University, and Stearns County Pachanga Society performed “Cruzando Fronteras: A Musical Story about Immigration Told in Words, Music and Images.”

Additionally, Economist and Concordia University professor Bruce Corrie, discussed the economic benefits Minnesota derives from immigrants, including more youth, high rates of entrepreneurship, connections to global opportunities and high rates of civic engagement.

Finally, Saket Soni, the executive director of New Orleans-based National Guest worker Alliance, talked about workers, day laborer, labor exploitation, wage theft and worker mistreatment.

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