Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation: Giving Voice to Diversity

AICGS is pleased to present two essays from the second round of the AICGS New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity. This innovative program establishes new connections between communities in Germany and the United States that have grown principally from an immigration background, and addresses common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. The purpose of the Program is two-fold: 1) to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States that have an immigration background; and 2) to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations.

Project participants included a core group of young leaders (ten from Germany and ten from the United States) for engagement in intensive discussions during seminars and site visits in Washington, DC (October 2016) and Berlin (May 2017), and a broader community of experts and advocates focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding. The authors of the two essays, Maria Alejandra Moscoso Rivadeneira and Mehmet Doğan, were part of this year’s program. Their essays reflect the personal impact of the program, details of program activities, and the richness of the program’s networking experience.


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Maria Alejandra Moscoso Rivadeneira

Salzburg Global Seminar

Maria Alejandra Moscoso is currently a development and program intern for the
Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. She is a recent Public Policy Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she worked with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ms. Moscoso transferred and earned her B.A. in economics with a concentration in Global South Development Studies at Smith College, after attending the Honors College of Miami-Dade. While working in Washington, DC, Maria volunteered as an English teacher, where she worked with adult immigrants through the Washington English Center and acted as a mentor through the Latinas Leading Tomorrow program.

She was a 2016-2017 participant in AICGS’ “Transatlantic Exchange Program for Young Minorities: Giving Voice to Future Leaders,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Mehmet Doğan

University of Leipzig

Mehmet Doğan is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in European Studies at the University of Leipzig. Mr. Doğan’s concentration is on intergovernmental relations, European social and economic policies and the legalese of such policies. Additionally, he studied at École normale supérieure in Paris. Previously, he achieved a degree in Political Science at University of Leipzig and was selected for the exchange program at Sciences Po Paris. Besides his studies, Mr. Doğan, was student representative for Sustainable Mobility and worked as an assistant lecturer in the field of Middle and Eastern Europe and Financialization at the University of Leipzig.

He was a 2016-2017 participant in AICGS’ “Transatlantic Exchange Program for Young Minorities: Giving Voice to Future Leaders,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).