Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Conversations on Defining Diversity: Dare to Dream?

Event Details
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 13. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Does everyone have the right to education? Can any student who qualifies go to college? Should immigration status be the deciding factor, instead of ability and commitment?

Undocumented. Illegal. Alien. Words that say no; words that mean marginalized, second class; words that inspire fear.

Brought to the U.S. as children and raised here, "Dreamers" under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Act entered the U.S. before age 16. Many have obtained a high school degree and seek to enter college without the threat of deportation. By some estimates, Washington State has over 40,000 undocumented individuals under the age of 18. As many as 10,000 undocumented students enroll in higher education institutions nationally – many here at the UW.

Join us for a Conservation on Defining Diversity as we explore the subject of Dreamers who are daring to make their lives better by demanding a right to education.

About CoDD: Diversity, equality, engagement, opportunity - these are words laden with value and individual meaning. The College of the Environment is committed to creating and supporting a diverse academic community representing a full range of cultural, ethnic and disciplinary sectors.

One way to achieve that goal is by talking.

Conversations on Defining Diversity is a public forum within the College where we - all of us - can explore the issues, roadblocks, challenges, and opportunities our College faces, as the first step towards brainstorming solutions.

Each conversation will focus on a particular aspect of diversity, and will feature our own faculty, staff, and students speaking about their experiences, often from very different points of view. Come listen, share, and learn.