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Reminiscences of Suzanne Immerman : oral history, 2004.

Creator: Immerman, Suzanne
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 99 pages sound recordings 2 audiocassettes (152 min.)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Deputy Director, The September 11th Fund.

Scope and Contents

Born in Larchmont, NY; family background in teaching, public service; education: Brown University, 1994; career: reminiscence of early work in non-profit program development and corporate philanthropy; September 11th: absence from city and return, volunteer work at Ground-Zero in rescue and recovery; Red Cross involvement in 9/11: worked for organization, global range of volunteer, specialized volunteer core for disaster, media criticism of; September 11th Fund: nature of work on Board, program design, processing and allocating grant requests, hiring consultants/specialist, reminiscence on how job changed over time, colleagues reminiscences especially--Josh Gotbaum, Jeanine Moss, Joyce M. Bove, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Franklin A. Thomas, and Carol Kellerman; Cash Assistance Program/September 11th Fund: early assistance through Safe Horizon, work with Center for an Urban Future, diversity of recipient group and changes made to the definition of eligibility, problems navigating city's employment and training programs, challenges facing Employment Assistance Program, question of defining unemployment as it related to 9/11, geographic decision-making as it relates to impact zone of disaster--special case of Reagan National Airport and Chinatown, Seedco, and John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rugers University, challenges facing low-income and undocumented workers, use of intermediaries to reach local communities, early failure to weigh health and environmental effects on recovery workers, challenges to job placement in Chinatown; anti-bias work: Arab-American community, 9/11 backlash on immigrants and Arab-Americans, involvement of National Conference for Community and Justice and anti-bias work.


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