Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Listening to Students and Forging a New Path
A discussion and film screening with CUNY Professor Tatyana Kleyn and 2014 AFC SAFA winner, Carolina Gonzalez
Tuesday May 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Space limited. Reservations recommended.
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This event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program.
New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom live in mixed-status families. This program will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college and beyond. The program will include a screening of Living Undocumented, a 17 minute documentary co-produced and directed by Tatyana Kleyn, which explores the life of six DREAMers who portray the realities of our nation’s immigration system and its impact on undocumented students.
Tatyana Kleyn is a Public Scholar for the New York Council for Humanities and is an associate professor at the City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs. In 2014-15 she was President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is co-editor of “Translanguaging with Multilingual Students: Learning from Classroom Moments” with Ofelia García, author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” and is the director of the documentaries “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and “Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.”
Carolina Gonzalez was the 2014 winner of AFC’s Leah and Edward Frankel Scholarship Award for her work founding Deferred Action for Dreamers, whose mission it is to help young, undocumented immigrants in the South Florida community defer deportation and gain employment authorization. To date the organization has helped over 2,000 applicants from the ages of sixteen to thirty-one. As the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Gonzalez grew up in Miami with a keen understanding of the challenges and alienation many new arrivals to America face, especially children.
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