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Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week April 15-21, 2019

Immigrant Heritage week is an annual celebration of the unique contributions and diverse cultures of immigrant communities in New York City. It is a chance to recognize the many immigrants, past and present, who have contributed their talents, skills and hard work to our city and country. Immigrant Heritage Week also aims to build cross-cultural understanding between native New Yorkers and immigrant communities. It highlights what makes our city one of the most vibrant and inclusive cities in the world. Immigrant Heritage Week recognizes the day on April 17, 1907 when more immigrants entered the U.S. through Ellis Island than on any other day in history.

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Conversations Across the Country: English in Action in the Branches

Multicultural conversations are taking place in ESU branches across the country. Long-term English in Action programs continue in Seattle, Portland, Central Pennsylvania, Columbus and Lexington, and other branches are joining in. Kansas City's brand new English in Action program is growing in partnership with the Kansas City public library, and in Monmouth County, a similar program kicked off last fall.

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International Council Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia

The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth has distributed initial details for the 2019 International Council Meeting, to be hosted by ESU Russia, in St Petersburg from Wednesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 29, 2019.

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The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) Community Lounge

The ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center opened its doors in 2013 and has welcomed over 1,250 members to our home. Here participants can improve their English and access professional development opportunities, while meeting other new immigrants and native New Yorkers.  Highly accomplished in their countries of origin, many ARNIC members are unemployed or working survival jobs in New York City. They look to ARNIC to open up paths to success.

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2019 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Underway at Branches

The Research Triangle Branch's winners were: first place, Xiao-Ming Porter; second place, Morgan Swales; third place, Riley Simutami. Research Triangle President Bob Leak presented Miss Porter with a beautiful crystal award, generously sponsored by long-time ESU supporter Alice Irby.

Across the country, ESU Branches are holding their regional National Shakespeare Competitions. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year. Here is a selection of photos from some of their community-level competitions.

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