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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.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

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

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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