Tuesday, March 27, 2012

AMERICANS BY HEART: "Undocumented, Higher Education and Immigration Reform"

a talk by Dr. William Perez
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:00pm
at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

Dr. William Perez will address the issues and concerned related to undocumented students in higher education and the impacts of immigration reform. His talk will involve a combination of his research findings from both his books - "We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream" (2009) and "Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Eduction" (2011).

Dr. Perez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, is an Associate Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University. He earned his BA at Pomona College and his PhD at Stanford University. His research focuses on immigrant students, as well as the academic achievement and Latino higher education access.

The intent of the lecture is to help others understand and learn about who these students are and what it means to this country that these students are given an opportunity to not just get an education but also be able to be legally embraced as citizens of this country.

Co-sponsored by the College of Education, University YMCA, GOLS, M.E.Ch.A. de UIUC, La Colectiva, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Department of Latina and Latino Studies, The Student Cultural Programming Fee, and SORF.