Spring ’17 Public Education: Conversations on Race and Immigration

In Spring 2017, Dominican hosted the “Conversations on Race and Immigration” series as part of the year-long University’s Democracy and Equity Initiative. The series is funded by California Humanities, an independent nonprofit and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Dominican’s goal in hosting events that promote dialogue around race and immigration is to cultivate a campus culture in which difficult conversations are welcomed and to get our students actively engaged in the current issues affecting our communities, and hopefully even support them in becoming leaders for change.” — Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Monday, January 30. Dominican partnered with Canal Alliance to feature a discussion about the personal, legal, and economic impacts of DACA. Panelists included Dr. Mara Perez, Founder of Latino Futures; Lucia Martel-Dow, Canal Alliance Director of Immigration Legal Services; and Ana Tafolla, Canal Alliance Family Resource Specialist. Canal Alliance also premiered their music video Get the Picture. Dominican history major Sierra Najolia wrote a piece on this event for the Dominican Beats: read here. Univision also covered the event: see here. Learn more about immigration-related training and legal services offered by Canal Alliance here.

(From left to right) Jimmy Wu, Jill Peeler, Tash Nguyen, Nghiep Ke Lam, and Donté Clark.

Policing, Prisons, and Marginalized Communities. Thursday, February 23. This panel discussion focused on the intersectionality of race and law enforcement. Panelists included Donté Clark of the RYSE Center in Richmond, Jimmy Wu of Inside Out Writers Alumni Advocacy Director, Asian Prisoner Support Committee Reentry Coordinator Nghiep Ke Lam, Tash Nguyen of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Jill Peeler, a Marin County Sheriff’s Office employee and cultural awareness program mentor.

Fruitvale Station and Police Brutality. Wednesday, April 5. A film screening of Fruitvale Station was followed by a Q&A with social justice advocate Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson. Fruitvale Station is a biographical drama based on the events that led to Oscar Grant’s death at the hands of a police officer at the Fruitvale Bart station in Oakland. Johnson is Oscar Grant’s uncle, and founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation and the Love Not Blood Campaign.