Press Release (March 3, 2018)

Virginia International University (VIU) Hosted Immigration Policy Forum

Fairfax, VA – Virginia International University hosted the Immigration Policy Forum on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Forum was coordinated by Dr. Klara Bilgin, Dean, of the School of Public and International Affairs.

The discussion focused on Continuing the Immigration Story:  Northern Virginia.  Mr. Tom Gjelten, NPR News Host and Author of the book “A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story,” presented his perspective on current immigration issues at the event.  Other event speakers included: Johnathan Smith, Director of Litigation, Muslim Advocates; Sophia L. Gregg, Attorney, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center; Delegate Jennifer Barton Boysko, Virginia House of Delegates; Allie Boldt, Counsel, DEMOS; and Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director, NAKASEC. Supporting vigorous discussion of current trends and issues impacting our current U.S. Immigration Policy was a hot topic enjoyed by all attendees. VIU is proud to host events that serve our community and encourage healthy debate.


Virginia International University (VIU) is a non-profit institution in Fairfax, Virginia that intends to make quality education affordable to students with diverse backgrounds. VIU offers over 20 innovative degree and certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels on campus and online. VIU also offers non-degree programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL), continuing education, and test preparation. For more information about VIU, call (703) 591-7042 or (800) 514-6848 or visit the University website,

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