The symposium presents the multi-faceted way that undocumented immigrant narratives can be documented. Funded by the UC Davis Inclusion and Diversity Grant, the project on “immigrant voices of past and present” aims to engage students to examine current and past narratives from immigrant communities related to their lived experiences, perceived contributions and identified challenges, as well as support systems. Several undergraduate and graduate college students are involved in the research and will be presenting on topics that are directly related to their own journeys as immigrants or children of immigrants. The project therefore goes beyond merely showcasing immigrant narratives and minority perspectives; it includes first- and second-generation immigrant students at UC Davis in the research process to document immigrant narratives and contribute to a social and intellectual movement that empowers and humanizes their experiences and narratives.
The symposium is organized by Dr. Normand and Dr. Torreiro-Casal in collaboration with Global Affairs, the UC Davis Migration Cluster, the Shields Library, the University of Stavanger, the AB540/Undocumented center, Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) and the Chicana/o studies department.
Dr. Normand and Dr. Torreiro-Casal first met at an UNDOCUally training (a professional learning opportunity for educators to enhance their working knowledge regarding assisting undocumented students) at UC Davis in 2016. Through their work on campus, they encountered silenced student immigrant narratives of hardships, strength and survivorship. This was the starting point of their ongoing IRB-approved research project and current exhibit to document and voice these undocumented narratives.
Thursday, May 9 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Global Affairs Multipurpose Room.
Reception to follow from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Free and open to the public!
This event is co-sponsored by the Migration Research Cluster