Pineda-Loher: Diversity in Chattanooga

Gladys Pineda-Loher

One of the biggest questions surrounding President-elect Donald Trump's administration is how he will treat the millions of immigrants and refugees here in the United States and those who aspire to come. This is a time of fear and insecurity for the immigrant community as families across the country and here in Chattanooga face an uncertain future.

Since I was embraced with open arms by Chattanooga in 2008, I've seen us become a place of thriving cultural diversity. As a first-generation Colombian immigrant, I have always felt welcome in the city that has given me a chance to grow professionally and personally. In my role as the director of International Community Outreach at Chattanooga State Community College, I work to create opportunities for other new Americans in Chattanooga to thrive and contribute.