Sept. 8, 2006
Immigration and the Iowa Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act will be the subjects of a discussion at Morningside College led by Max Cárdenas of Diverse Innovative Solutions (DIS) in Des Moines, Iowa. The event is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
The free event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and is part of a series of events at Morningside celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The public is invited.
Cárdenas will discuss demographic changes in Iowa and provide an account of the critical role newcomers play in ensuring the long-term social and economic vitality of Iowa communities. He will also discuss recent legislative developments for immigration reform at the federal and local levels with an emphasis on the Iowa DREAM Act, a proposal that allocates tuition assistance for undocumented Latino high school graduates.
Cárdenas, a native of Lima, Perú, is co-founder and principal partner in DIS, a private firm specializing in marketing, workforce training, and entrepreneurship development strategies targeting immigrant and minority populations. He was co-founder of the Latino Leadership Project, a non-profit organization promoting higher education and civic engagement among Des Moines’ immigrant high school youth. He also led statewide campaigns to impact the national immigration debate.
Cárdenas specializes in building broad-based networks and developing outreach strategies to achieve economic development outcomes. His commentaries on immigrant integration and economic development issues have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Des Moines Register, and on the “Lou Dobbs Show” on CNN.
Cárdenas holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and global development studies from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. He is an active board member of several Des Moines area organizations, including the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for Social and Economic Development, Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation, and Alianza, Latino Business Association.