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UO committed to keeping promise to Dreamers

Source: UO committed to keeping promise to Dreamers

Dreamers speak at a symposium organized by CLLAS, 2015 / photo by Jack Liu

By Ellen McWhirter, Michelle McKinley and Kristin Yarris

For The Register-Guard

Sept. 13, 2017

Like many, we are reeling in the wake of the decision announced by the Trump administration to end the DACA program. This decision undermines the missions of our community colleges, universities and public schools, and will damage our local, state and national economies. For the past several years, the University of Oregon Dreamers Working Group has raised awareness on campus of the assets our undocumented students bring to the university, the unique challenges they face that are above and beyond the challenges of other college students, and to help staff and faculty throughout campus better understand how to respect and support our undocumented students. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 Human Rights, Public Policy No Comments

No to the ending of DACA! CLLAS Statement 

No to the ending of DACA! CLLAS Statement 

In light of the recent decision from the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA, CLLAS joins the multiple voices across the University of Oregon, our state, and the nation rejecting this decision. CLLAS urges the Trump administration and Congress to continue this important program. DACA has brought hundreds of thousands of people out of the shadows, giving them the opportunity to openly be productive members of our society. 

CLLAS remains firmly committed to all students at the University of Oregon, including those protected under DACA. CLLAS also expresses its solidarity to the families of all DACA students. 

 As we urge the Trump administration and Congress to continue the DACA program, we also invite all faculty, staff, students, and community members to familiarize themselves with the various available resources concerning DACA and related issues (please visit our Resources tab).

DACA Rally, September 5, 2017
Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
Lane County Courthouse, Eugene
Photographs by Feather Crawford

New: DACA Info Resources Page

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 Human Rights, News, Public Policy No Comments

President Schill calls for keeping DACA immigration policy | Around the O

Source: President Schill calls for keeping DACA immigration policy | Around the O

Michael Schill, UO President

September 5, 2017 – 9:42am

UO President Michael H. Schill sent the following message to the campus community Sept. 4 in anticipation of changes to federal immigration policy:

Members of the University of Oregon community,

President Trump this week is expected to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA. I join hundreds of university leaders as well as local, state, federal, and business leaders in strongly urging President Trump to continue this program. I also write to let our students know that we support them, and to provide information about where our students and their families can go for assistance, should the need arise. 

In a world full of ambiguities, there is no ambiguity for me about the importance of continuing DACA. My view of morality dictates that young people, many of whom were brought here as infants or toddlers, must be allowed to remain in the United States to learn, work, and make a life for themselves. The United States is their home. To uproot them would be wrong. Period. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 News, Public Policy No Comments

Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant featuring Jose Antonio Vargas

October 24, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

156 Straub Hall
1451 Onyx Street
Eugene   View map

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas will discuss how American identity and citizenship are construed in culture and policy, through the telling of his own story. Vargas, the 2017-18 Wayne Morse Chair, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit organization that uses storytelling to shift the conversation about immigration, and #EmergingUS, a multimedia startup for a new multi-ethnic, multiracial America.

In 2011, Vargas wrote an essay for the New York Times Magazine in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up story he wrote. He also wrote, produced, and directed Documented, an award-winning documentary on his experience. Vargas will be in residence at the Wayne Morse Center mid-October to mid-November 2017. His visit is in conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center’s 2017-19 theme of inquiry, Borders, Migration, and Belonging.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 Events, Public Policy No Comments

Gerardo Sandoval named to Oregon State Housing Stability Council

Gerardo Sandoval

May 11, 2017—Current CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval has joined the Oregon State Housing Stability Council, tapped for his expertise on gentrification and rural community development issues and for his experience in outreach to Latino communities throughout Oregon. An associate professor in the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, Dr. Sandoval was nominated to this position by Governor Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. His first meeting with the council took place on May 5.

The role of the Oregon State Housing Stability Council is to “provide leadership in, and review and set policy for, the development and financing of affordable housing throughout the state of Oregon.”

A message from the director of Oregon Housing and Community Services dated May 5, 2017 states: “We look forward to [Dr. Sandoval’s] expertise on gentrification, the nexus between housing affordability and transit-oriented development in low-income neighborhoods, and creating mechanisms of public participation. OHCS will also surely benefit from his research and outreach experience in Southern and Eastern rural Oregon, as well as his insight as a disabled military veteran and interest in affordable housing for Oregon veterans.” 

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017 News, People, Public Policy, staff No Comments

CLLAS Symposium “Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race and Migration”

March 8, 2018

Location: TBD
Time: TBD

Save-the-date for this full-day symposium organized by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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2017 Latino Roots Celebration


Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

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