Undocumented Student Week of Action

Location: Virtual

2021 Undocumented Student Week Of Action

The Office of Student Enrichment at Notre Dame invites you to join the Dream ND Community for their Undocumented Student Week of Action from April 5-9, 2021.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to engage in a week of events that promise to raise awareness and humanize conversations about immigration and undocumented identities, showcase a variety of scholarship, advocacy, and resources on our campus, and promote the "spirit of diversity and inclusion" on campus. All are welcome!

The week’s events will include:

Monday, April 5th

Campus Ministry Prayer Service
Hosted by Campus Ministry
Monday, April 5th, 6 pm (EST)

Come out and pray with Campus Ministry and the DreamND Community as we begin the Undocumented Student Week of Action.  Prayer Service will take place on Monday, April 5th at 6pm around the Holy Family Statue, located on the North side of Coleman-Morse Center. Reflection offered by Fr. Pete McCormick and music by Coro Primavera de Nuestra Señora. Open to all students and the campus community.

A Conversation on Current State and Federal Immigration Policies
Rudy Monterrosa, Monterrosa Law Group, LLC, Notre Dame Professor of Law
Lisa Koop, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Notre Dame Professor of Law
Sam Centellas, Executive Director of La Casa de Amistad
Monday, April 5th, 6:30pm (EST)
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There have been a flurry of new immigration announcements, executive orders, policy changes, and new task forces and programs in the first weeks of Biden’s administration. The session covers current immigration policies at a level where the everyday person can learn about them. Panelists will share their experiences in advocacy and the legal work being done in our South Bend Community.


Tuesday, April 6

Pause for a Breath
Hosted by McWell
Tuesday, April 6th, 12:00 pm (EST)
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Join us as we take a moment to pause for a deep, collective, calming, and centering breath. We'll learn a few breathing techniques that support well-being, and spend a few moments in reflection to refuel and restore our spirits.

The Cycle of Hyperdocumentation
Keynote Speaker Dra. Aurora Chang
Associate Professor, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago

Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00 pm (EST)
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Educators can most effectively respond to the needs of undocumented students when they are keenly aware and mindful of what undocumented students experience, under what circumstances, and how they navigate everyday challenges.  Indeed, extant research provides a strong foundation for educators to understand the socio-political contexts and personal circumstances that undocumented students face.  But, as educators, how can we process these realities to inform our practice? What tools are at our disposal to respond to the barriers undocumented students navigate in an authentically caring and informed way? What models help us understand the decision-making processes of undocumented students and what might educators’ intervention(s) look like?   In this talk, Dra. Aurora Chang names the dynamic process that some undocumented students undertake and, in this way, affirm their racialized realities.


Thursday, April 7th 

Enrichment Series: México-U.S. Border Immersion Seminar
Associate Professor Kraig Beyerlein, Department of Sociology, Bio
Sophia Henn, Senior (Economics, Music, Peace Studies)
Angelica Ruiz, Junior (Sociology, Latino Studies, Anthropology)
Julia Mackey, Junior (Economics, Global Affairs)
Moderated by a Fighting Irish Scholar, Jennifer Moreno Mendoza
Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 pm (EST) 
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This is a student-moderated panel conversation that asks panelists to reflect upon the impact of their experiences at the border and their perspectives on social justice. In his Border Immersion Seminar, Professor Beyerlein’s students engage in reflective classroom exercises that culminate in a week-long immersion trip to the Arizona borderlands. This experiential learning considers why migrants leave their home countries, the struggles they face when attempting to cross the border, how U.S.-citizen groups respond to unauthorized border crossings, and the effectiveness and ethics—particularly in reference to Catholic Social Teaching—of current immigration policy.

Please feel free to share the Undocumented Student Week of Action activities with your networks.
For more information and registration for events, please visit the Office of Student Enrichment website.