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Robert C. Weaver Black Alumni Network Presents: How the Civil Rights Movement Influenced U.S. Immigration Policy


Join us for a discussion on how civil rights legislation has impacted the formation of contemporary U.S. migration policy. An expert panel will discuss how the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 and its guiding principle - that uplifting those most marginalized ultimately benefits everyone - continue to inform current immigration debates. Learn more about the panelists and moderator below, and please email us if you have any questions.

Moderator: Dr. Neil Hernandez | Assistant Professor in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
Dr. Hernandez teaches public and nonprofit management and is a licensed attorney. His research focuses on immigration policy and, more broadly, the policy implementation process in public agencies.


  • Dr. Janet Dewart Bell (EMPA '99) | President/Founder, LEAD InterGenerational Solutions
    Dr. Bell is a communications strategist and management consultant with a multimedia background as well as experience in policy advocacy, strategic planning, fund development, media training, and education. She is an author, social justice advocate, activist, executive coach, and motivational speaker. She has been honored with an Emmy and Peabody for her journalistic contributions.
  • Dr. Shelly Eversley | Professor of English and Interim Chair of the Black and Latinx Studies Department in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Eversley teaches literature, feminism, and Black Studies. She is also Faculty Co-Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Transformative Learning in the Humanities initiative at CUNY.
  • Yvette LaGonterie (MPA '90) | Senior immigration policy and operations specialist
    LaGonterie previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security and now serves on the Board of Directors for the City Tavern Preservation Foundation and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the MIRR Alliance.