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"Risers" and "Conversations About Immigration"

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: 2016-12-08 00:00:01.000

Last Tuesday evening, the College's anthropology program and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, showed the film titled <i<Risers</i>, about undocumented youth in the DC area. Two of the young people featured in the film, Gerson Quinteros, and, Brenda Perez, were at the event and answered questions.

In attendance were MC students, faculty, and administrators, and local public high and middle school girls and teachers. Together, they had dinner and discussed immigration issues in our community in the third "Conversations about Immigration" event at MC. Participants represented the diversity of ethnic, religious, racial, class, age, and gender categories, and, of course, immigration statuses that define the college and local community.

The film, by Andy Fernandez, and the discussion that followed gave the audience more information about our current immigration issues, and how individuals are impacted by immigration policy decisions. It underscored the complexity of immigration, and emphasized how contentious and sometimes volatile debates about immigration can be. The event highlighted the need for our community to recognize that all students' voices are important and need to be heard in welcoming academic places.

In addition, for the at risk girls from nearby public middle and high schools participating in the Street Outreach Network, this event planted the seed for a college education and showed them that MC is waiting for them.

During this time of political transition and social uneasiness, it is imperative that institutions of higher education continue conversations with students and the community about difficult and often uncomfortable topics. This event is one example of how MC provides the place for these conversations where faculty, administrators, and staff become the listeners.

To be involved in future dinner Conversations, please contact Maria Sprehn, Jamie Gillan, or Sara Ducey.

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