Speaker: Laura Wides-Muñoz; Author of “The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American”
They are often called the DREAMers: young people who were brought, or sent, to the United States as children and who have lived for years in America without legal status. Growing up, many worked hard in high school, planned for college, only to learn that they were, in the eyes of the United States government and many citizens, “illegal aliens.” Determined to take fate into their own hands, a group of these undocumented immigrants risked their safety to “come out” about their status – sparking a transformative movement, engineering a seismic shift in public opinion on immigration, and inspiring other social movements across the country. “The Making of a Dream” begins at the turn of the millennium, with the first of a series of “Dream Act” proposals. It follows the efforts of policy makers, advocates, and undocumented immigrants themselves, concluding with the 2016 presidential election and the first year of the Trump presidency. In telling their story, Wides-Muños forces us to rethink our definition of what it means to be an American.
Co-Sponsors: International Education Week, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), and Residential Life
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