Event Information

DACA and Immigration Teach-In

November 29, 2022
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Jordan Student Success Building
890 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

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About the Teach In Faculty

Event Details

Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Michael Benitez, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
Chalane Lechuga, Ph.D., Director of Faculty Diversity Research & Development and Professor, Chicana/o Studies

Welcome and Introduction to DACA and Immigration Teach-in. During this portion, speakers will highlight the significance of addressing immigration, DACA, and DREAMERs and provide an overview of the topics presented during the Teach-In.

History and Immigration

9:15 – 9:40 a.m.

Jennifer Seman, Ph.D., Professor in History

Overview of history, culture, and the role immigrants play in building and maintaining communities, nations, and national identities as well as the role immigrants have had historically on the viability and creation of the United States will be discussed.

Law and Immigration Policy

9:45 – 10:25 a.m.

Arturo Jiménez, Esq., J.D., Immigration Law and Adjunct Professor, Chicano/a Studies
Melissa G. Burton, Esq., Immigration Policy Analyst, Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

This portion will focus on immigration law, tracking, monitoring, and reporting on national, state, and local immigration policies and legislation impacting Denver’s immigrant residents. Included in this discussion will be historical accounts of immigration laws, their impact, and looking at how we got to where we are today through a legal lens.

Economics and Immigration

10:30 – 11:10 a.m.

Alexandre Padilla, Ph.D., Professor, Economics, MSU Denver;
Marie Mora, Ph.D., Deputy Provost and Professor, Economics

This discussion regarding the economic and business impact immigrants have in their communities and nationally will address the financial value immigrants have on the U.S. economy, including cost-benefit analysis.

Education and Immigration

11:15 – 11:55 a.m.

Gregor Mieder, Director, Immigration Services,
DeAnna Castaneda, Program Manager, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Nayeli Sanchez, MSU Denver Student
Annie Aviles-Zamora, MSU Denver Student

Finally, we will cover how education systems and MSU Denver support DACA recipients, DREAMERs, immigrant and refugee students, and the value and moral impetus of supporting these students, including what higher education is doing at the state level to create access to higher education for undocumented students. 

Final Thoughts and Closing

11:55 – 12:00 p.m.