Series will include Panels on Controversial Arizona law, Immigrant Experience
Stockton, CA / Rhashad Pittman – University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific will hold a series of discussions and presentations on vital and controversial issues related to immigration as part of Pacific’s Latino Heritage Month celebration. The nationwide celebration, which runs from mid-September to mid-October, honors the contributions of Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates Latino history and culture.Pacific’s Immigration Series will involve four events that start on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and end Wednesday, Oct. 20. They include panel discussions on the current immigration debate, Arizona’s controversial immigration reform bill SB 1070 and the experiences of Mexican immigrants living in California.
The series also includes an informational session on the California Immigrant Higher Education Act (AB 540), which provides equity in tuition to immigrant college students, and the proposed Dream Act, which would allow immigrants who are high school graduates a chance at permanent residency. The series is free and open to the public.
“Now that immigration reform is once again at the forefront of the national political debate, it is our obligation as a university to explore this topic from an intellectual and rational perspective,” said Arturo Ocampo, Pacific’s assistant provost for Diversity.
Pacific’s Latino Heritage Month celebration also will include lectures, a car show, Latin dance lessons, a showing of the film “La Mission (2009)” and roundtable discussions. The month’s speakers include Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico’s consulate general in Sacramento, and Venezuelan political leader Eduardo Fernandez.