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Members of the funder delegation should plan to arrive in Morelia by noon on May 9 (or by the evening of May 8 if you plan to participate in the optional site visit).

May 9: Optional morning site visits in and around Morelia.  Orientation program will begin with lunch at 1:00 pm, followed by briefings intended to create group cohesion and provide an overview of the issues and of the historical context for the Summit.  In the evening we will host a funder reception and dinner for Summit organizers.

May 10: Summit opens at 10:00 am.  The tenth of May is Mothers Day in Latin America, so this day will honor migrant mothers and will focus on social and cultural impacts of migration in Latin America and in destination countries.  Topics covered in workshops will include: HIV/AIDS and other transnational health issues; immigrant women’s leadership; andsecond-generation issues of identity.

May 11: Summit will open with a plenary discussion on root causes of migration and migrant organizations will share perspectives on both causes of migration and organized response to those causes.  Workshop topics will include:  trade and economic policy; migrant investments in home communities; environmental degradation and displacement; political violence and security; borders and human rights; and strategies for successful immigrant integration.  The afternoon plenary will showcase the diversity of immigrant organizations and discuss ways to bring these diverse expressions closer together.

May 12: Morning will offer space for parallel activities, self-organized meetings and workshops, and site visits to communities that are working with their diaspora communities on local sustainable development projects.  It will also offer opportunities to visit a documentary space where videos exploring different aspects of migrant experience will be shown throughout the event.  Afternoon plenary will highlight migrant efforts to build healthy communities and the challenges they face.  Workshops will discuss: role of micro-finance; roles of home-town associations; challenges for transnational civic participation; building youth leadership; and building alliances, among other topics.

May 13: On the final day, morning plenary will tie together previous topics in a discussion of the challenges of re-thinking transnational citizenship.  After panelists launch the discussion, the group will divide into six thematic working groups to discuss such issues as:  What might be the outlines of a shared transnational advocacy agenda?  How should efforts toward immigrant integration capture the best that migrants have to offer?  What sort of alliances should be developed to strengthen the transnational community building discussed at the Summit?

Funder delegation participants will meet in a debrief session to assess experiences and share insights gained over the course of the Summit, discuss ways in which particpation in the delegation may impact individual grantmaking, and explore the potential for future joint initiatives among funders interested in these issues.