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Building One Community's 8th Annual Colloquium

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"Immigration: The Overlooked Driver of Economic Growth"

On September 19, 2023, we hosted our 8th Annual Colloquium with an enriching discussion about, "Immigration: The Overlooked Driver of Economic Growth." Nearly 200 friends of B1C came together to connect, learn, and revel in the power of our immigrant community.

Our esteemed panelists, Carlos Alvarez, David Kallick, Dr. Tamu Lucero, and moderator Muzaffar Chishti, shared their profound expertise and personal experiences around the important role immigrants play in the U.S. economy.

The Village was filled with the good energy and high spirits of community leaders, government officials, partners, volunteers, and B1C staff as we enjoyed the cocktail "hour" and fierce bidding on our spectacular silent auction!


As our B1C Executive Director, Anka Badurina, mentioned during her opening remarks, "In a time when immigration is often negatively portrayed, it is crucial to collectively acknowledge the incredible value that immigrants add to our nation. Our neighbors from all over the world offer a unique perspective, rich traditions, and amazing talents that are woven into the very fabric of our community."

David Kallick, the director of the Immigration Research Initiative, stated that while the notion of immigration as an economic driver is clear amongst economists, it is often overlooked in public debates. As trends show, the positive impact on the economy is even more significant in the second and third generations of immigrants.

Carlos Alvarez, an immigrant from Guatemala and local business owner, attributed his success to the combination of opportunities, hard work, and the struggles that motivated him. He also emphasized that persistence along with the support of the community and organizations like B1C are essential.

Dr. Lucero, the superintendent of Stamford Public Schools, talked about their efforts to advance the whole student body, comprised of 76 different languages spoken at home. She emphasized how being multi-lingual is considered a strength rather than a deficit, and the school system deliberately incorporates this perspective. Dr. Lucero also discussed the new arrival program, which helps new students acclimate to the school and city, and builds trust.

Overall, the panel discussion stressed that, through the richness of their background and hard work, immigrants contribute greatly to society and economic growth. Our panelists' insights also revealed that opportunities and support are critical for immigrants to succeed, and programs like Building One Community's can go a long way to advance their integration.

Let’s work together to create a positive narrative around our immigrant community!

With sincere thanks to our sponsors


Ellen Williams & Andrew Schultz


Sarita & Gregory Hanley

Maryann Kann

Bruce & Linda Koe

Ann Mandel


Susan & William Adamsen 

Holm & O'Hara

Andrew Schau & Madeline Turci

Anthony Simari & Ivonne Zucco

Stamford Health 

Jose Luis & Sarah Zepeda


Aldo & Amy Cabrera

David & Andrea Cohen

Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

Belle Horwitz & Jon Weiner

M&T Bank

Jill & Miguel Patricio

Everett & Sally Schenk


Sonia Alcantarilla-Medina & Marcelo Gigliani

Anka Badurina & Roberto Sobrino

Connecticut Institute of Refugees and Immigrants

Cove Point Properties

Eastern Land Management (ELM)

Talay Hafiz

The Inisfad Foundation

Mary Maarbjerg

Caroline & Anthony Murray

Cathy & Rich Ostuw

Mary Sommer & Jay Sandak

Stamford Bank and Trust

The Hon. Terrie & Jay Wood

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Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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