Hear exciting stories from Allen citizens who immigrated to America from India, Jamaica, Turkey and Argentina with Farida Shipchandler, Jacques Medina Jean, Graciela Katzer and Alex Comert at the Allen Public Library as they share their unique, yet universal, stories of moving to the United States. Join us as they share their sagas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at the Allen Public Library. Please share your story!
Born in Mumbai, India, Farida immigrated to America in 1968 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at a college in Missouri. Instrumental to her transition to a new country and culture was her host family. Karen was a professor on campus who opened up her heart and home. Farida notes, “I met the best American.” Farida married her fiancé who had also emigrated from India for graduate studies in engineering. They had two sons and elected to make America their permanent home. Receiving a Master’s degree and working in the field of social services, Farida will share her stories of blending two cultures and pursuing the American dream. Farida and her husband reside in Allen.
Jacques Medina Jean is the Global IT Business Partner for Industry, the second largest business unit of Schneider Electric’s $35B corporation. Jacques is a social entrepreneur and is the founder of Universal Learning Centre, a US based not-for-profit organization focused on providing educational resources and learning opportunities for people living in developing countries. He has built a portfolio of three public libraries across Haiti with a catalogue of fifty thousand books and a computer lab of 17 workstations serving a population of half a million.
Jacques earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and went on to complete an Executive Program in Business Marketing Strategy from the Harvard Business School. He is also a Black Belt Certified and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). Jacques speaks Creole, French, Spanish, English and some Portuguese. He currently resides in Allen, TX with his family.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911.