SHU To Host Panel on Immigration and Labor Issues

News Story:

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On Wednesday, April 23, Sacred Heart University will host an immigration seminar titled “Historical Background and Issues in Immigration and Labor: A Panel to Discuss Current Immigration Policies.”

The panel is being sponsored by SHU’s College of Education and Health Professions and its Isabelle Farrington School of Education, in conjunction with Stratford and New Haven’s Teaching American History Project and COGS. The seminar will run from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, following a 4 p.m. wine and cheese reception. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required and can be made by calling 203-396-8202 or emailing

The panel will be led by master of ceremonies Michael Giarratano, assistant professor of education at SHU. Panelists include:

Mark D. Boughton, resident and four-term mayor of Danbury, Conn. Boughton graduated from Danbury High and later received a bachelor of science from Connecticut State University, as well as an education degree in American history. He is a member of the Alumni Board at Western Connecticut State University, where he received his master’s degree in educational psychology. Boughton served in the Army Reserves and taught social studies at Danbury High School. In 1998 and 2000 he was elected state representative for the 138th District, and in 2001 was elected mayor.

Yusuf Ibn Shah, the alderman for the 23rd Ward of the city of New Haven. Shah was born in New York City and attended New Rochelle High School, the New York Institute of Technology, DeVry Institute in New Jersey and Muhammad University of Islam in New York. After receiving his FCC license from Yale University, Shah became a talk-show host, disc jockey and producer for Yale’s WYBC. He also hosted the talk show “Inside the Community” for two years and is currently a producer at Citizens Television.

John Weiss, director of the Hartford Satellite of the International Institute of Connecticut and a special assistant to the director of the institute. From 1972 to 1999, Weiss worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, receiving numerous departmental awards for outstanding service. He is a board member of the Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens and has been active with the Boy Scouts of America.

Satish Khanna, a native of India and a resident of Somers, N.Y., who for 12 years has had difficulties securing a green card and becoming an American citizen. Khanna’s father, a politician in India, accepted diplomatic assignments in Afghanistan and several other countries while Satish was educated in his homeland and in universities in Europe. Khanna has also lived in Russia, England and Holland, where he held corporate positions. With his wife and son, he owns and operates a travel agency in Westchester County.