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Immigrant Involvement in Civic Education

Richie Diesterheft

Immigrants moving to Columbus face many challenges when learning to navigate their new home. One obstacle is understanding how the courts, state, and local government work. The New American Leadership Academy initiative is heading up a new program to tackle this issue.

The goal is to get more immigrants and refugees educated and involved with civics.

Today on All Sides, we talk civics for immigrants and refugees.


  • Carla Williams Scott, director, Department of Neighborhoods
  • Jibril Mohamed, Somaliprofessor, Ohio State University, faculty advisor for the Somali Students Association
  • Ismail Mohamed, Columbus lawyer and previous democratic candidate
  • Stefanie Chambers, professor of political science

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