Detroit as a global community


With the new census numbers, the city buzzed with an analysis of Detroit’s population and demographic change. Many have referred to it as an “education call” to recognize our assets and reinvest in them.

One of those assets is our multicultural immigrant population – the second largest of any Great Lakes regional metropolitan area. “Nothing is more powerful in reshaping Detroit as a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and population growth,” said Steve Tobocman, author of the 2010 Global Detroit Study, “than to consider and grow the immigrant population and the corporate culture and global connections that go with it . ” “”

If new immigrants are key to Detroit’s resurgence, how are we doing as a “welcoming” city? Is Detroit a place that values ​​multiculturalism and diversity? What are we doing to attract and serve new populations?

Visit us this evening (Tuesday, April 26th) in Hamtramck, one of the most diverse and accessible parishes of the 313, and have an open conversation about our strengths and possibilities, moderated by Martina Guzman from WDET 101.9 FM.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamtramck Public Library, 2360 Caniff St., Hamtramck.

Panelists include:
Steve Tobocman, Global Detroit; Maria Elena Rodriguez, entrepreneur and community activist based in southwest Detroit; Dawud Walid, Council on American-Islamic Relations; Hayg Oshagan, director of New Michigan Media, Wayne State University; Nadia Tonova, National Network for Arab-American Communities; Seydi Sarr, artistic director of the Rowe Niodior African Dance Company; and Ryan Bates, Alliance for Immigrant Rights and Reform.

This Model D speaker series is presented by Model D, WDET, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and the City of Hamtramck DDA.

The event is free and open to the public. Please register below:


Dusty Kennedy