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WTAMU Guest Speaker to Share Views on America

March 27, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Guest Speaker to Share Views on America’s Immigrant Advantage

CANYON, Texas—Award-winning reporter and author Claudia Kolker will present “America’s Immigrant Advantage: How We Can Benefit from Newcomers’ Secrets about Health, Money and Family” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center at West Texas A&M University. The event, organized by WTAMU’s Diversity Committee, is free and open to the public.

Kolker’s presentation is part of the University’s annual Social Justice Leadership Conference. She will be the keynote speaker for the one-day event, which includes the public presentation as well as afternoon conference panels and workClaudia Kolkershops for students, is designed to promote and encourage diversity across campus and throughout the community.

The guest speaker is an award-winning reporter and the author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn From Newcomers to America About Health, Happiness and Hope. The book was one of O Magazine’s 10 reading list picks for 2011, and her work has been published in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph of London, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate and Salon.

She was a freelance reporter in El Salvador from 1992-1995 and covered the Salvadoran postwar recovery as well as social issues throughout Central America, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She also spent three months in Japan for a series about outsider communities and four months in India and Pakistan writing about democracy and diversity.

In her adopted hometown of Houston, Kolker has worked as bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board, and deputy director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders. She graduated from Harvard and has studied at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and El Colegio de Mexico.

She currently serves as a contributing editor for the editorial page of the Houston Chronicle, where she first created the immigrant affairs beat as a city desk reporter in 1997.

For more information about WTAMU’s Social Justice Leadership Conference, visit wtamu.edu/about/justice.aspx.



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