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THE NIIC 2016 Program

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A Pivotal Moment – Join us!

National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) 2016 – WE THE PEOPLE -- co-hosted by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will take place at a seminal moment just weeks after the U.S. Presidential elections and in the new policy landscape shaped by the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v Texas. And, For the first time, NIIC, the largest immigration-related conference in the country, will be held in one of America’s “new gateway cities” where the next chapter of our nation’s immigration story is being written. Registration is open! Join us!


NIIC 2016 in Nashville, the fastest growing immigrant city in the United States, a leading“new gateway city”and model for welcoming immigrants and refugees, NIIC 2016 will take place in a real turning point moment for immigration. A new U.S. President will have been elected, President Obama’s final days in office will be upon us, and a whole new policy and political landscape will lay ahead. NIIC 2016 will be a crucial opportunity, bringing together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement from the ground up.


NIIC 2016 will build on 8 years of partnership and innovation in shaping immigrant inclusion and integration in America. Our sustaining vision is that of a collaborative table where policy, business, nonprofit, labor, academic, faith, community, and philanthropic sectors build solutions together. 


YOU and a thousand others are NIIC 2016: Bold immigrant rights defenders. Innovative business leaders. Visionary community stakeholders. Dedicated service providers. Forward-thinking policy makers. Expert researchers, students and educators. Imaginative culture shapers. Join us! 



In Summer 2016, for the first-time in NIIC's history, we debuted an open Call for Proposals to solicit conference session proposals from the entire NIIC community to help bring fresh ideas and new contributions to NIIC.

We received 118 submissions from all across the country. These included:

80 proposals for Track Sessions - with the greatest percentage of them in the State & Local Strategies and Welcoming Communities track areas

17 proposals for Plenary Sessions

21 proposals for Affinity Group Caucuses

While the NIIC program planning teams will not be able to incorporate every suggestion that was shared, collectively, this input from the NIIC community will play an essential part in shaping the NIIC sessions for 2016. Preliminary information about the NIIC schedule is here. For background information about NIIC 2015 and what has typically been featured at NIIC, please click here


NIIC 2016 will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel

250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: 615-782-5300

The Omni Nashville Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Nashville, adjoining the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and directly across the street from the Music City Center.

The Omni is a landmark property and the second largest hotel in TN. It reflects the city’s vibrant music culture and is just a few blocks from the historic Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry; Schermerhorn Symphony Hall; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Johnny Cash Museum and many other attractions in Music City.

NIIC's discounted block of hotel rooms has now closed; hotel rooms are not included in NIIC registration.

Hotel rooms are still available at the Omni, but at the hotels prevailing rate. For more information, follow this reservation link or contact the Omni directly here

Booked a room and interested to share your room with another NIIC attendee and keep your costs down?
Join our NIIC Lodging Forum and connect with other NIIC attendees. This forum is open only to NIIC registrants. 

If you're having difficulty accessing the Forum, please contact

Need other lodging recommendations? There are many hotels in downtown Nashville and the greater Nashville area. A few that are within easy walking distance (a few blocks) to the Omni Nashville are:

  • Hyatt place
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hilton Downtown Nashville
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  • Sheraton Downtown Nashville

Need very discounted lodging? A limited number of very discounted rooms are available at the Scarritt Bennett Center, a proud partner of TIRRC, NIIC's Co-Hosts. Here's more about those rooms:

Scarritt Bennett Center invites guests of the National Immigrant Integration Conference to stay with us. We have modest rooms with twin beds that share a bathroom between each pair. The rate is only $60.90 per night plus tax, and generally a less than $5 Uber/Lyft to the conference site! Reservations are taken by phone at 615.340.7500, option 2.  More information at:

Scarritt Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212


From the Nashville airport:

  • Taxi Service (15-25 min trip): $25 flat rate to the downtown area, plus an additional passenger charge of $1.

  • Shuttle Service Approximately $20 per person (15-25 min trip); 24-hour service is available -- Reserve at least 12 hours prior (615) 255-3519.

  • Bus Route 18 Downtown Express (40 min trip) – Stop: 6th Ave & Convention Ctr SB

At the helm of NIIC are several national leadership teams of stakeholders that play a key role in shaping and planning the conference. 



2016 NIIC Executive Committee



Diamond Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

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Other Sponsors


Cities for Citizenship Gathering


National Community Navigator Convening


Transatlantic Migrant Leadership Dialogue


Steering Committee (List in formation)

  • Mpower Change
  • National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders
  • National Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
  • National Network of Arab American Communities
  • National Skills Coalition
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs, City of Chattanooga, TN
  • Partnership for a New American Economy
  • Refugee Council USA
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together
  • United We Dream
  • USC Center of the Study of Immigrant Integration
  • Welcoming America
  • African Communities Together
  • Alianza America
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian American Justice Center
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
  • Boston College School of Social Work Immigrant Integration Lab
  • Building Skills Partnership
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Church World Service
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Institute for Social Policy & Understanding
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Mayor's Office of New Americans, City of Nashville, TN
  • Migration Policy Institute