Past Events

10/18/11  |  IDEAS Themed General Meeting:  Community Organizing

For this general meeting, we led a workshop on community organizing led by our guest Aura Vasquez, formerly of the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) and now at the Sierra Club.

11/02/11  |  DREAMing Out Loud!

This event grew out of research conducted by Arely Zimmerman for the Media Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) project.  It focused on various efforts of youth activists and was complemented by scholars addressing how youth are using social media and networked forms of communication to mobilize and sustain youth-led movements for social justice.

Co-sponsored by: The Media Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project, USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and USC CALAS

11/17/12  |  California DREAM Act Educational Panel

This event took place after the signing of the final component of the California DREAM Act was signed by Governor Brown (10/08/11); however, the threat of a referendum led by Assemblymember Donnelly still loomed and this event served as an introduction to the facts and myths of the CA DREAM Act.  We fostered a healthy and respectful conversation led by both a policy expert panel as well as an undocumented student panel.

Co-sponsored by:  The USC Redefining Engagement in Active Leadership (REAL) Project and El Centro Chicano

03/20/12  |  Undocumented Students, Unauthorized Immigrants and the Future of America

This event’s theme draws from our previous discussion panel and fans out.  After the referendum on the CA DREAM Act failed to materialize, we focused on the affects of such legislation on the future of our communities, the state, and our country.  This panel presented a more balanced discussion on the effects of the state and possible federal DREAM acts, as well as broader issues such as immigration reform and its current resurgence in the political discourse as enter the presidential election season.

Co-sponsored by:  The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Program Board’s EdMonth initiative, and M.E.Ch.A. de USC

04/17/12  |  UndocuQueer:  Intersecting Identities in Youth Activism

This event hosted prominent youth leaders in the DREAM movement who have come out as undocumented and unafraid and queer and unashamed.

Co-sponsored by:  Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CALAS), QuASA, and El Centro Chicano

04/17-24/12  |  The First Annual International Immigration Film Series

IDEAS Movement at USC, The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and El Centro Chicano presented our first, and hopefully annual, International Immigration Film Series!

We sought to screen films and documentaries that touch on the issues of immigration, citizenship status, and the many intersections with other groups and communities in our society.  These events consisted of a film screening, discussion section, free food, refreshments and dessert, AND an inclusive forum for undocumented students and allies.

Co-sponsored by:  The Tómas Rivera Policy Institute and El Centro Chicano

Day One:   Papers:  Stories of Undocumented Youth (also co-sponsored by the USC LGBT Resource Center and the Queer and Ally Student Assembly (QuASA))

Day Two:  A Better Life

Day Three:  Welcome to Shelbyville

Day Four:  9500 Liberty


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