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“A Piece of Me Was Taken Away”

Carolina Valdivia’s talk on the impact of immigration on undocumented students and their families hosted by Prof. Alberto Ribas-Casayas

Carolina Valdivia’s talk on the impact of immigration on undocumented students and their families hosted by Prof. Alberto Ribas-Casayas

Prof. Alberto Ribas-Casayas and the Department of Modern Languages hosted the sixth SCU Latin American Studies speaker event on Feb. 23, 2021. This year’s speaker was Carolina Valdivia, Ph.D., UC President Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and prominent immigration advocate. Her website, My Undocumented Life, is the foremost source of information and resources for undocumented students from high school to graduate school.  Her talk, entitled “A Piece of Me Was Taken Away” focused on the impact of immigration enforcement on undocumented students and their families, and was followed by an extensive and lively Q&A.   This speaker series, founded by Prof. Alma García (Sociology), aims to bring to campus prominent speakers in the field of Latin American Studies and artists from Latin America.

A link to the complete talk can be found here.

Last year the Latin American Studies speaker series presented to the SCU community the documentarian Melissa Elizondo, whose multiple award-winning documentary El sembrador follows the work of a rural schoolteacher in Chiapas, and Prof. Amanda Petersen from U. of San Diego, who studies online activism and public protests against violence against women in Mexico.

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