Challenging Borders: Centering Undocumented Student Voices in Higher Education

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October 22-23, 2015
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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.

Keynote Address

Laura Emiko Soltis
Radical Education: The Freedom School Tradition and Fulfilling the Human Right to Education for Undocumented Students in Georgia

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.


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP now!

NOTE: Due to the high volume of registrations, we have added an overflow session and will stream the symposium live from the main room. Registration does not guarantee a seat in the main session—guests will be seated first-come first-served basis. We appreciate your understanding as we try to include as many people as possible in this event. Thank you!

Parking & Directions

For more information visit UCR Maps, Directions & Visitor Info

Parking for this event is free if you pick up a pass at the information kiosk. Further instructions below:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ask kiosk for parking in Lot 6 for the Laura Soltis event.
Follow signs for “Laura Soltis.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ask kiosk for parking in Lot 1 for the Challenging Borders event.
Follow signs for “Challenging Borders.”


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Guest Speakers

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Jennifer R. Nájera, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies (P.I.)
Ana Coria, Program Coordinator, Undocumented Student Programs
Edwin Elias, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
Steven Moreno-Terrill, Graduate Student, Graduate School of Education
Frank Perez, Graduate Student, Department of Ethnic Studies
Dalila Valdez, Undergraduate Student, Vice President, Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside (PODER)


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Undocumented Student Programs
Center for Ideas & Society
Ethnic Studies Department
Graduate School of Education
Chicano/a Student Programs
Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair
Asian Pacific Student Programs

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