English at Work
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
North America, United States
Maile Broccoli-Hickey 2007 Global Fellow
Establish English language classes for low-income immigrants at their workplaces, eliminating the lengthy waiting list period common to traditional ESL programs and forging partnerships between employers and their employees.
Maile Broccoli-Hickey has been involved in immigrant services in Houston and Austin for over 13 years. During that time, she has worked as an English instructor, translator/interpreter, program manager, and advocate. Maile is a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs where her research focused on adult language acquisition and immigrant rights. She draws equally on the education she received as a secretary, food service, and factory employee in her work supporting Texas' immigrant community. Maile founded English at Work while waiting tables at Guero's Taco Bar in 2005.