Breakout Session Descriptions

Black Lives Matter

Session coordinated by Erin Lain, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Associate Professor of Law

The session will explore the nature of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is now almost four years old. The Black Lives Matter movement in Iowa has provided commentary on public policy at the local, state, and national levels. Partnering with local members of the Black Lives Matter movement, this session will paint a picture of the history of the movement in Iowa and discuss the movement's future.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Activism and Sanctuary

Session coordinated by Lourdes Gutierrez Najera, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Panelist: Kenia Calderon, Erica Johnson, Daniela Pelaez, Ali Procopio, and Monica Reyes

This panel brings together undocumented student activists and community organizers. The panel will shed insight into the experiences of undocumented students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities, the impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and student activism for recognition of rights. Panelists will also engage the current sanctuary movement, the current fragility of DACA, and strategies for mobilizing around these issues. Perhaps most importantly, this panel seeks to create a space where students, allies and community members can engage in conversations to better and protect undocumented students in the current political moment.


Survival Beyond Arrival: Refugees in Des Moines

Session coordinated by Renee Sedlacek, Director of Community Engaged Learning
Presenters for this session: Nick Wuertz, Executive Director, Lutheran Services of Iowa Refugee Services; Amy Doyle, Advocacy Director, EMBARC; Carly Ross, Executive Director, U.S. Committee on Immigrants & Refugees; Richey Thongvanh, Post-Resettlement Case Manager, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program

Nearly 70,000 people each year are welcomed in to the U.S. as refugees, making their way to various cities across the country including here in Des Moines. Within the first 90 days after arrival, they are supported by various non-profit organizations who help them find a place to live, work and raise their children. But what happens after that 90 days? Come learn about the process of refugee resettlement and how you can be part of the process. Workshop co-presented by U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants, Lutheran Social Services & Catholic Charities.


Changing Depictions of Immigration in Television Situation Comedies

Session coordinated by Joan McAlister, Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Student co-leaders are Nyasha Makaza and Aaron (AJ) Spitz

This session will engage some established televisual tropes of immigrants and consider how recent situation comedies revisit these images in new ways that may reinforce, alter, or even subvert them. Participants will learn about how characterizations of immigrants are changing, explore the role of situation comedy in representing or inspiring shifting societal views of immigration, and discuss the political and ethical issues these televisual depictions raise.

Today at Drake
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
University News
November 15, 2017
Nicholas Roth, professor of piano at Drake University, will present the next concert in the Keys to Excellence series. The Nov. 27 concert also features Drake senior Pablo Valladeras.
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