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A place to connect, learn and be empowered to make change.

Coordinated by the César Chavez Scholarship Fund in partnership with the CASO Action Group

The Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO) is a volunteer group of concerned citizens and students that promote and support a pathway to higher education for undocumented students in the State of Rhode Island. www.casori.org

REGISTER IN ADVANCE to get a discount. DEADLINE to register in advance is March 17, 2017.
★★ We will develop proceedings to disseminate after the conference. Be sure to sign up to receive a copy.

FREE Child Care will be provided on both dates.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Providence College
Ruane Center, Great Room
4:30 - Registration
Session: 5:00-6:25PM
6:30-7PM - Closing and next steps / Action Plan
Cost: $20 per person in advance | $30 on site. Students with valid ID are FREE

Please consider sending a donation, which will go toward the Tam Tran Scholarships.

Welcome: Marta V. Martínez — Chair and co-founder of CASO and Chair and Founder of The César Chávez Scholarship Fund
Opening Speaker: Javier Juárez, Senior at Rhode Island College
Panel discussion: Facilitated by Kara Cebulko, PhD — Associate Professor of Sociology, Providence College
This is an open discussion for students and families to informally provide personal experiences. We welcome high school counselors, social workers, mental health care professionals and college/post college students who may be working with undocumented students and seek answers, support and factual information.

Topics: How to listen and respond to undocumented/immigrant students concerns; who to call and what to do (and NOT to do) if an issue/question arises where you don’t have the answer; debunking myths about the electronic FAFSA form and whether immigration officers have access to school records and students; and local resources for school and community allies.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Providence College, Slavin Center, 64 Hall
9:00am - Registration and light breakfast
Cost: $40 per person for advance registration | $50 on site. Students with valid ID are FREE

Please consider sending a donation, which will go toward the Tam Tran Scholarships.

Welcome: Marta V. Martínez, Chair of CASO

10:00am | Opening Speaker:

David Liendo Uriona, MPH Student, Brown University
o What is the legal / educational landscape for undocumented students in the Trump Era.

Roberto González and Marta V. Martínez: The Current State of DACA and undocumented students in Rhode Island: A call to take action.
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David Liendo Uriona was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

in 2014 he earned a B.A. from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology and Society.

After graduation, he joined Teach For America and taught high school in Denver, Colorado.

In July of 2015, Uriona and nine other “DACAmented Teachers” received the White House Champion of Change Award.

David is currently working towards his Master of Public Health degree at Brown University, where he is also the the Graduate Student Coordinator for Undocumented Student Initiative.

March 31 - Concurrent Workshops :: 11:00 - 11:55AM :: You Will Choose One Workshop Listed Below

1. Opening Resources on RI College Campuses for Undocumented Students: How campus Administrators can help students feel safe on campus.

Panel discussion: Facilitated by Kevin A. Escudero, Ph.D. — Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow; Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies

This workshop is geared toward college administrators, faculty and staff.

Topics: How college campuses can help students navigate existing campus structures and provide the financial, specialized/professional (mental health, immigration advice) and peer support that undocumented students seek/need.
2. College Life: How students can learn to navigate the campus structures and build strong connections on Rhode Island college campuses.

Panel discussion: Facilitated by Silvina Hernández — Senior at Brown University

This workshop is geared toward college students to help them build better connections on campus, how to navigate college systems and will offer ways students can support each other.

Topics: How can students find a safe place on campus, work towards educating and developing trust from faculty, staff and administrators. What are the limitations and how can everyone work together to break down barriers faced by undocumented students on campus.
3. Post-College Transitions: How can college students receive support as they seek to pursue higher education into graduate school, law school and employment.

Panel discussion: Facilitated by Kat Pongrace — Education MA Candidate, Brown University

This workshop is open to all: students, college professionals, community advocates.

Topics: What is the job landscape (reality) for undocumented students? How and where can graduating undocumented students seek financial assistance? How can we connect students to community resources and to individuals on campuses who can help them navigate and support their financial aid needs as they transition from undergraduate programs to post-college.

Lunch :: Luncheon Speaker :: 12:00-1:00PM

Providence College, Slavin Center, 64 Hall

Introduction of Speaker: Kara Cebulko, PhD — Associate Professor of Sociology, Providence College

Speaker: Amanda Carolina de Oliveira Pereira — PhD Student in African Diaspora Studies at the The University of Texas at Austin, '20

o What does it mean to be an activist
o How do we not generalize the undocumented student experience

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Amanda Carolina de Oliveira Pereira was born in São Paulo, Brasil and emigrated with her parents and older brother to the United States in the late 1990's. She is a 2011 graduate of Classical High School in Providence, RI. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University with a double major in International and Global Studies, and African and Afro-American Studies and double minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Amanda is currently in her second year of study for her Masters and PhD in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Providence College, Slavin Center, 64 Hall
1:00-1:55PM • Informal Networking among students and allies.

2-3:15pm – Closing and next steps / Action Items
Tam Tran Scholarship | Awards Presentation • Donation: $15

5pm – Registration Opens | Tam Tran Scholars & Families: FREE

Speaker: Javier Juárez, 2016 Tam Tran Scholar

Awarding of Scholarships: Cindy Lancaster and Marta V. Martínez
Click below to register and/or to send a donation to the scholarship fund ⤵︎