Challenging Borders: Centering Undocumented Student Voices in Higher Education
Keynote by Laura Soltis
The “Challenging Borders” symposium will bring together academics, students, and community members to critically discuss current and emerging research about undocumented students in higher education. It will generate discourse about the varied experiences of undocumented students in four-year colleges and universities, the impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and ever-evolving student activism. Perhaps most importantly, this symposium aims to create a space where academics and community members can engage in conversations that enable them to better serve undocumented students in the Inland Empire and beyond.
About the Speaker
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis, executive director of Freedom University in Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for the “Challenging Borders” symposium on Thursday, October 22nd. Dr. Soltis is Professor of Human Rights and Documentary Photography at Freedom University. Her research and teaching include social movement theory, global studies, labor movements, music and social movements, as well as documentary photography. She is a longtime activist who is committed to increasing access to higher education for undocumented students and to helping undocumented students build their skills to be leaders in the immigration rights movement.