Reframing Immigration and Immigration Reform: A Workshop on Strategic Communications

Presented by The Frameworks Institute

The Frameworks Institute is giving a course on Friday, August 19 in Seattle. Below is the information on the course. It will be offered twice; 10:00am and 2:00pm. You can register for it here If you are having trouble registering for the course, please contact Please be sure to pass this along to the members of your section so that they are aware of this opportunity. 

The American Immigration Council has noted, “study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase U.S. trade and exports.” Yet, current public discourse is highly divisive, policy change elusive and expert knowledge about immigration is drowned out or ignored. To address the need for meaningful, productive conversations that lead to strong public support for immigration and immigration reform, immigration experts joined forces with communications experts to explore what Americans know about immigration, how this knowledge base differs from what experts would like them to know, and what communications techniques can be leveraged to build support for adopting and implementing meaningful solutions. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the FrameWorks Institute conducted a series of studies to develop communications strategies, tools, and techniques that researchers can use to translate the growing body of research on immigration and immigration reform to members of the public and policymakers.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the research base that informs the framing recommendations and will include ample opportunities for participants to begin to apply them to translate their own research to non-academic audiences. Through this workshop, participants will learn to recognize problematic and optimal framing strategies, get practice in deconstructing and reconstructing communications around an important social issue, and explore the potential of a shared communications strategy in building issue coalitions and informing public policy.

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