Student learning outcomes for this exhibition are:


  • Students will be aware of immigration issues that are of national concern.
    • Students will be able to identify at least 2 immigration issues (examples: jobs, language, social and health services, property values, border controls, education)
  • Students will better understand the diversity of our area and the perspectives and history of immigrants in Southeast Michigan.
    • Students will be able to name at least 2 immigrant groups in the Detroit Metro Area
    • Students will be able to name at least two geographic areas in the Detroit Metro Area which have large immigrant communities.
    • Students will be able to name at least one immigrant group that settled in the Detroit Metro Area primarily during the 1800s and at least one group that settled here primarily since the 1950s.
  • Students will better understand the common concerns and shared experiences of various immigrant communities.
    • Students will be able to name three common goals of most immigrants (examples: better education, better job, personal safety, family cohesiveness, better life for children)
  • Students will recognize some of larger society’s stereotypes and misconceptions about immigrants and minorities.
    • Students will be able to identify at least 2 stereotypes or misconceptions (examples: immigrants don’t pay taxes, all Arab women are oppressed, immigrants don’t want to learn English, immigrants do not contribute to the economy, immigrants bring down property values, immigrants don’t want to be “American” )
  • Students will gain knowledge and develop skills that will help them understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures different from their own.
  • Students will recognize the importance of recording personal stories (oral history) and the use of objects in documenting history.
    • Students will listen to at least 2 recorded interviews
    • Students will examine at least one displayed object
  • Students will develop and share their own perspectives on immigration with new insight gained from examining the first-person narratives of immigrants.
    • Student groups have the opportunity to record and share a personal story or impressions of how immigration has impacted his or her own life.


Exhibition Resources:

  • Guided Student Tours
Call Sonya Kassis 313 624 0202 for more information about a guided tour of the exhibition
  • Map
Here is a link to the Immigration Explorer interactive map used in the exhibition:
  • YouTube
As part of the exhibition, visitors will be asked to share their thoughts on how immigration has affected their lives by recording comments at a video kiosk inside the gallery that will instantly appear on the popular video website YouTube:
  • Audio Tour
A free, cell-phone-based audio tour for Connecting Communities also invites visitor comments on the exhibition: 313-228-4495


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