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    Keeping MLK’s Dream Alive: The DREAM Act Youth, Immigration Reform, and Access to Opportunities

    02/05/2013 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Michigan Union Ballroom
    Speaker: Robert G. Gonzalez, assistant professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

    Immigration, undocumented immigrants, and attempts to reform immigration have been an area of intense and often rancorous discourse and action. A segment of this highly complex and volatile policy area has been the status of potentially millions of young people who came or were brought to the U.S. by parents or other family members as young children. They have grown up as Americans, attending our schools and working in our labor markets, but their undocumented status affects their ability to pursue higher education, career choices, and a stable life in America. While the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was first introduced in 2001, Congressional approval has been elusive. The re-election of Barack Obama and a seemingly more amenable climate for immigration reform have pushed the DREAM Act back on the policy table. This program develops a real-time portrayal of living in the U.S. as a “DREAM Act youth” and their connection to the goals and underlying principles associated with immigration reform initiatives. Realizing the American Dream for “DREAM Act youth” has a clear connection to Martin Luther King’s dream for America.

    Roberto G. Gonzales is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Irvine. Professor Gonzales’ research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth along the life course and the important ways in which they respond. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on undocumented immigrant youth and young adults. Over the last decade he has been engaged in critical inquiry regarding what happens to undocumented immigrant children as they make transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Current Anthropology, International Migration, and the Peabody Journal of Education among other journals and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, TIME Magazine, Chicago Tribune, CNN and NPR . He is currently working on a book manuscript based on a study of undocumented young adults in Los Angeles.

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    Understanding Race Project & Understanding Race Theme Semester

    02/09/2013 to 05/27/2013
    Location: Various
    Speaker: Various

    Inspired by the RACE: Are we so different? traveling exhibition coming to the U-M Museum of Natural History from February 9 – May 27, 2013, the Understanding Race Project is engaging three overlapping audiences in an exploration of race: campus, community, and K-12 schools.

    From January through April, the Winter 2013 Understanding Race LSA Theme Semester will engage the U-M campus in courses, exhibits, discussions, performances, films, and more. Most events will be free and open to the public. Principles and goals include an understanding of race as a social construct and an exploration of the intersections of race with other identities.

    Coordinating units (units represented by the five co-chairs) include:
    Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Ginsberg Center, Museum of Natural History, Program on Intergroup Relations, and School of Social Work.

    Generous funding was provided by:
    College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Museum of Natural History; LSA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; MetLife Foundation; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Institute for the Humanities; Division of Student Affairs; Center for the Education of Women; Author’s Forum; Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau; Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach; Ginsberg Center; Program on Intergroup Relations; Andrea and David Scott; Department of English; Department of Anthropology; and Department of Sociology.

    All ten school districts in Washtenaw County are participating by sending students to see the RACE exhibit, following on a “train the trainer” series to help teacher discuss race with their students before and after their visits.

    Generous funding and strategic partnership was provided by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, National Center for Institutional Diversity, U-M Diversity Council, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and James A. & Faith Knight Foundation.

    To date, more than 500 people have participated in monthly, facilitated Community Conversations since January 2012. Community Conversations will continue through June 2013.

    All are welcome.

    The National Center for Institutional Diversity is a major funder and strategic partner.

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    26th Annual Minority Health Conference: Innovative Approaches to HIV & AIDS Prevention Among Youth

    02/22/2013 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Location: University of Michigan School of Public Health
    Speaker: Dr. Gina Wingood- Emory University School of Public Health and Dr. Madeline Sutton- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This conference will discuss the importance and effectiveness of youth-focused interventions to address the HIV/AIDS global pandemic. It will also explore best practices, program evaluation and development from the youth perspective.

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