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November 21st 2013:Who is the African Immigrant in the USA?

Who is the African immigrant in the western world? A refugee, undocumented immigrant, high achiever, undiscovered super star or marginalized minority? What factors are preventing Africans from achieving the American dream and how can we break the barriers? What should employers and potential business partners know in order to engage immigrants effectively and create a level playing field for success? How can African immigrants achieve the best of both worlds – contribute to Africa and excel in their host communities. My guests – Amaha Kassa, founder of African Communities Together, and Vienna

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Amaha Kassa

Amaha Kassa (Founder, African communities Together) Amaha was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For 9 years, Amaha directed a workers’ rights NGO in Oakland, where he first conceived the idea of building a grassroots organizing network for African immigrants. Amaha is an attorney who received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he was recognized by Open Society Foundation and Echoing Green as a Black Male Achievement Fellow.
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Vienna Mbagaya

Vienna Mbagaya (Founder, The Invisible Project) Vienna is an Epidemiologist with over ten years of experience in public health research. She holds a master's degree from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and a bachelor's degree in Biology from Boston College. Viena has worked for a number of organizations at international, federal, state and community levels in the areas of HIV/AIDS, malaria, social behavioral health and military psychological health.
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