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Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto, President of Diversity Dynamics brings more than 30 years of experience to his work with Diversity Dynamics. Manager, trainer, consultant, researcher, speaker and author, Dr. Montalto has extensive knowledge of and contacts within America's immigrant communities. He has designed and implemented creative solutions to the policy challenges caused by America's ever-changing diversity. He holds a doctorate in American immigrant and ethnic history from the University of Minnesota, and served for 25 years as President and CEO of the International Institute of New Jersey. Certified as a consultant by the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University, Dr. Montalto has successfully completed consulting assignments with many public and private organizations. He has served as special advisor to the Program on Immigration and Democracy at Rutgers University, as chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, and as a member of the Hispanic Advisory Committee of the NJ Department of Human Services.  An alumnus of Leadership New Jersey, Dr. Montalto has also served as President of the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning and Treasurer of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence.



Dr. Rooshey Hasnain is currently Visiting Research Assistant Professor and Project Director at the Department of Disability and Human Development of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her primary professional interest revolves around the lives, challenges and strengths of people with disabilities, especially those from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. In more than 10 years of professional work in disability and rehabilitation, she has focused on finding ways to bridge the cross-cultural service gap between U.S. rehabilitation service systems and hard-to-reach individuals with disabilities and their families. She is a national expert on cultural brokering models and has presented workshops on this topic both in this country and abroad. Dr. Hasnain has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, along with book chapters and monographs on cross-cultural disability issues relating to newcomer groups.  Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Dr. Hasnain served as a Project Director and Investigator at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Hasnain holds a doctorate in Education in Special Education from Boston University.


Dr. Erik Jacobson
 is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department at Montclair State University. For most of his career, working as a teacher, trainer, and researcher, Erik has focused on issues facing adults who need support in literacy or English language learning. He is one of the founding members of the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki and is the Topic Leader for World Literacy and Nonformal Education. For the last few years, he has been conducting research that looks at the ways the web has been used in adult education. He taught community-based adult ESL in the greater Boston area for ten years. During this period, he was a research assistant at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, working on two national studies that examined the use of authentic materials in adult education classrooms.  Erik received his doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and his dissertation was a study of adult basic education in Japan.