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Beyond Assimilation: Jihan Bekiri to host discussion on the immigrant experience

Mai J Lo Lee, Jihan Bekiri, Masood Akhtar, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Samba Baldeh

WPS vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Jihan Bekiri will moderate a panel discussion titled “Beyond Assimilation: An Affinity Panel of Immigrants in Wisconsin,” on Friday, October 22, the final day of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

The all-online Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community building event. Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.

Jihan began her role at WPS in January. She arrived at WPS after focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion at American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison. She graduated with honors from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, followed by earning a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom with distinction. Bekiri is also a certified diversity executive and practitioner from the Institute for Diversity Certification.

Joining Jihan on the panel are:

  • UW-Green Bay Multi-ethnic Student Affairs Office Director Mai J Lo Lee
  • We are Many – United Against Hate chairman Masood Akhtar
  • UW Health VP and Chief Diversity Officer Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
  • Wisconsin State Representative Samba Baldeh

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit will last five days and feature 25 panels on a range of issues, such as workplace diversity, education, health care, social justice and more. Registration is $49, with discount rates for nonprofit and government employees and students.