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Panelist Bio


Susan Mary Weishar, Ph.D.
Migration Specialist, Loyola Jesuit Social Research Institute

Dr. Susan Mary Weishar, Ph.D., of New Orleans is the Migration Specialist/Fellow, with the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI). Sue brings almost thirty years of experience in education and human services to the JSRI, including fourteen years as Director of Immigration and Refugee Services with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (1991-2005). Dr. Weishar has served as the chair of Louisiana Refugee Advisory Council, the Louisiana Immigrant Rights Association, and the Working Group for Immigrants Detained in Louisiana. She has also served on the United States Catholic Conference Migration and Refugee Services Policy Advisory Committee.

Earlier, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa and as a teacher in Guatemala. Most recently, in the years since Katrina, Sue worked as project manager for the Louisiana Refugee Services Collaborative to implement a new state-wide refugee services collaborative composed of the state’s refugee resettlement programs, administrator for the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA), Gulf Coast Coordinator for the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, and Director of Development for UNITY of Greater New Orleans.

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04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for these job hunters in 2014?

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03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?


02/14 - Energy’s Environmental Footprint

What cost to the state are energy’s economic dividends?


01/14 - Decoding Common Core

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?


12/13 - STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana (Encore Presentation)

How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions?

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