Global Detroit was founded in 2010. They are working for immigrant inclusion, specifically “develop and implement inclusive strategies to drive the growth, revitalization and broadly shared prosperity of Detroit and Southeast Michigan”. They divided their work into five subcategories: research & policy, talent, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods, and inclusive institutions. Under the category of research & policy, Global Detroit conducts research on the impacts that immigrants brought upon and recommends strategies for different areas. Regarding talents, Global Detroit proposed the Global Talent Retention Initiative, helping companies connect with global talents. In addition, their Global Talent Accelerator program prepares those talents, primarily students given that Michigan has the ninth largest international students in the United States, for those jobs. As in Entrepreneurship, Global Detroit helps international founders create jobs in SE through their Global EIR (Global Entrepreneur In Residence) program, and connect them with the extensive support and resources that the city has to offer, which is part of their Growing Small Business program. In terms of neighborhood, Global Detroit’s Opportunity Neighborhoods program helps connect business owners to “homeownership and home repair programs, foreclosure prevention, small business support, community engagement opportunities and other resources.” As mentioned previously, Global Detroit developed strategies that could be served as models in other regions. That also extends to the private sides, such as business and nonprofits. Some examples include “ developing outreach and recruiting strategies, navigating the visa process, creating an immigrant-friendly workplace culture”
As an immigrant myself, I thought that my family would benefit greatly from Global Detroit. My parents have been in the States for almost ten years and neither of them is able to speak English fluently, which means that they could not work for 99% of the jobs in this country. They told me that they do not feel comfortable leaving their comfort zone, this social circle with only people working in Chinese restaurants in Nevada, which further discouraged them from learning English and participating in any job that does not have existing Chinese employees. They are hard working people, but they just never had any resources for career readiness, and I believe many other families in Michigan suffer from the same problem.