The CSLC is proud to voice its support for the Dream ND Community’s Undocumented Student Week of Action taking place the week of April 5th. There will be a variety of events scheduled throughout the week intended to raise awareness and humanize conversations about immigration and undocumented identities, showcase a variety of scholarship, advocacy, and resources on campus, and promote the spirit of diversity and inclusion here.
April 5 Events
The Undocumented Student Week of Action will kick off with a Campus Ministry Prayer Service on Monday, April 5th at 6:00 P.M. It will take place around the Holy Family Statue, located on the north side of the Coleman-Morse Center. Fr. Pete McCormick will lead accompanied by music by Coro Primavera de Nuestra Señora. Registration is not required.
At 6:30 P.M. on April 5th, panelists Rudy Monterrosa, Lisa Koop, and Sam Centellas will host a Conversation on Current State and Federal Immigration Policies in the United States. With immigration policy constantly evolving, panelists will discuss the most recent changes made by Biden’s administration in a straight-forward and approachable way. Panelists will also share their experiences in advocacy and legal work being done in South Bend. Registration required.
April 6 Events
On Tuesday, April 6th at 12:00 P.M., McWell is hosting Pause for a Breath. Join McWell and fellow students in learning a few breathing techniques designed to help and support health and well-being, and spend a few moments in reflection to restore your spirit. Registration required.
At 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 6th, keynote speaker Dra. Aurora Chang, Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, will be delivering a speech on the Cycle of Hyperdocumentation. Educating an undocumented student can pose many challenges, and educators can most effectively respond to the needs of the student when they are aware and mindful of the undocumented student’s experience. While research has been done to provide educators with an understanding of the socio-political context surrounding undocumented students, many questions still remain. How can we process the student’s reality to inform teaching practices? What tools exist to help respond to barriers faced by undocumented students? Dra. Aurora Chang will name the dynamic process that some undocumented students undertake and, in this way, affirm their racialized realities. Register for the event here.
April 7 Events
Undocumented Student Week of Action concludes on Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 P.M. with Enrichment Series: México-U.S. Border Immersion Seminar. A panel of Associate Professor Kraig Beyerlein, senior Sophia Henn, junior Angelica Ruiz, and junior Julia Mackey--moderated by Fighting Irish Scholar Jennifer Moreno Mendoza--will have students reflect on the impact of their experiences at the border and their views on social justice. In Professor Beyerlein’s Border Immersion Seminar, students will engage in reflective classroom exercises, culminating in a week-long trip to the Mexico-U.S. border. Students engage in complex topics including the struggles faced when crossing the border, how U.S. citizens respond to unauthorized crossings, why migrants leave their home countries and the effectiveness and ethics of current immigration policy.
Give voice and act on your support during the Undocumented Student Week of Action!