Public Issues Series: Immigration impact in central Wisconsin

WIPPS Public Issues Series on March 10 to discuss immigration’s impact in central Wisconsin

Fifteen local community members will share their diverse perspectives, discuss ways immigration impacts area. Moderator will be WPR host Rob Ferrett.

Central Wisconsin residents can relate to immigration issues – from the Hmong refugee resettlements of the 1980s to today’s Hispanic immigrants who are the backbone of our dairy industry. In Part II of a three-part series, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service continues the dialogue – exploring how the area is impacted by immigration.

“How Immigration Impacts Central Wisconsin”
March 10 – 7 p.m.
UW Center for Civic Engagement
625 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI

Moderating the discussion will be Rob Ferrett, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s daily “Central Time” program.

A panel of 15 local community members will lead the discussion, representing diverse areas of expertise and backgrounds, from school district leaders, business and industry representatives and health care professionals to social services and higher education staff and minority members of the community. Following the moderated session, the audience will have a chance to weigh in with feedback.

“The purpose of this event is to help us understand how immigration affects our local society and economy from the perspective of individuals representing a vast array of sectors in central Wisconsin,” said Julie Bunczak, WIPPS program manager. “This topic continues to dominate the news and the need for factual information has never been higher.”

After Part II, the public is invited to attend the final event in this series:
“Addressing Immigration Issues in Our Community”

March 30, 7 p.m. – Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI

For details on the panelists or more information, go to or email

WIPPS Public Issues Series is made possible through the support of Dean Dietrich, Kevin Hermening and Dr. Fernando “Fritz” Riveron, three civically engaged community members who are committed to nonpartisan, educational programming.

This series is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.