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“What Does it Take to Call a Place a Home?”

On February 16, our Center for Economics of Social Issues (CESI), under the leadership of Jamshid Damooei (Director, Undergraduate Economics and Director, CESI) we held an immensely successful event titled "What does it take to call a place home" at the Lundring Events Center. Close to 200 guests heard keynote presentations by Jamshid Damooei and Susana Cruickshank (President of the Centre for International Cooperation and Public Management Studies), and engaged with a panel of experts consisting of Yissel Barajas (CHRO, Reiter Affiliated Companies), Maureen McGuire (CEO, Farm Bureau of Ventura Country), Álvaro de Regil Castilla (Executive Director, The Jus Semper Global Alliance), and Nidia Bello (Santa Paula Policy Advocate, CAUSE). The event also included presentations of Sabith Khan (Director, MPPA program) and his student Stephanie Gamboa, as well as College of Arts and Sciences faculty members Cynthia Duarte and Akiko Yasuike and their student Jonathan Leon. Participants heard about both the immense economic impact that undocumented workers are making on the county's economy and the human face of the issue. The event and the underlying study were also covered in the VC Star in "California Lutheran University study aims to dispel myths about undocumented immigrants". A full report of our underlying study will be available soon.