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Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 4:18 PM
Cynthia Mertens, SCU professor of law, and Laura Nichols, SCU associate professor of sociology, have been involved for the last years with a national effort to understand and better address the experience of undocumented students at Jesuit universities. On Jan. 15, noon, in the Arts & Sciences Building, they will report on their findings -- with the assistance of Kristin Heyer, Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, who has written extensively on Catholic social ethics and immigration.
Thursday, Jun. 7, 2012 2:06 PM
Christina Fialho, formerly a Hackworth student fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, has just won an Echoing Green Fellowship to support CIVIC, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement. She and fellow activist Christina Mansfield, also named an Echoing Green Fellow, hope to "end the isolation of migrants in civil detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the United States." Prior to starting CIVIC, Fialho co-founded the first immigration detention visitation program in California.
Since 1987, Echoing reen has funded more than 500 fellowships for promising social entrepreneurs. Here is their description of Fialho and Mansfield's project:
At this very moment, more than 32,000 men, women, and children are detained by the U.S. government in jails and prisons for not having proper documentation. While lacking papers is not a crime, immigrants are often imprisoned for months--sometimes years--with little connection to the outside world. While over 80 percent of detained immigrants are unrepresented by legal counsel, many also are denied access to family and community support. CIVIC ends the isolation and abuse of persons in immigration detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the United States.
The Center's Hackworth Fellowships support SCU students to provide ethics programming for their peers.
Thursday, May. 24, 2012 2:43 PM
Brittany Adams, SCU '12, a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics reports at an Ethics at Noon presentation May 30 on the results of her year-long study of SCU undergraduate students' assumptions about justice and fairness with regard to undocumented immigration. The talk will be held from 12-1 p.m., in the Wiegand Room of the Santa Clara University Arts & Sciences Building.
Adams' study combined qualitative research methods with ethical analysis. It sought to understand students' ethical assumptions with regard to such issues such as amnesty; the border fence; and the DREAM Act. The study also includes a set of recommendations for how Jesuit universities might more fruitfully address the moral issue of undocumented immigration.
Adams is a philosophy and religious studies double major.
Friday, May. 18, 2012 12:09 PM
Hear a podcast of a talk on immigration and ethics by Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning journalist, who spoke at Santa Clara University last night. Last year, he wrote an article for the New York Times Magazine called, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant."
Wednesday, May. 9, 2012 9:54 AM
Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia journalist, speaks at immigration and the future of the country, May 17, 7 p.m., at the Malley Center on the Santa Clara University campus. Vargas is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
He's been a journalist for over a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Most recently, he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that, he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. In 2007, the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch.
Born in the Philippines, he emigrated to the United States at age 12. Stunning the media and political circles and attracting world-wide coverage, Vargas wrote the groundbreaking essay, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," for the New York Times Magazine in the summer of 2011.
Vargas is a very proud alumnus of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University.
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