Students, alumni, colleagues, and the public are invited to explore the effects of immigration reform on education in the U.S. and California at Antioch University Santa Barbara’s next Trustee Forum—the latest in a series of community programs about the issues of our time—with expert speakers and a panel discussion: The Future of California: Immigration & Education. The free event will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at AUSB’s Community Hall, 602 Anacapa Street, downtown Santa Barbara.
Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a pressing national issue with special consequences for education. Many are concerned about the impact of immigration reform on the economy, social services, and national security. Congress is considering comprehensive immigration reform that would strengthen border security and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million persons living in the U.S. Businessmen like Warren Buffett are clamoring for more skilled immigrant employees. “Dream acts” in California and other states have opened higher education to “undocumented” students. A pending bill in the California Legislature would allow non-citizens to serve on juries.
As the featured speaker, Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and immigration expert, will present the experiences and achievements of immigrant students. He will be joined on a panel by: U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, addressing the progress of legislative reform in Congress; an AUSB alumna who will give a firsthand account of the challenges she faced as an undocumented student; and Maricela Morales, Deputy Executive Director of CAUSE, a local community action group, who will discuss efforts to empower documented and undocumented constituents to develop a voice for social change in the public arena.
The panel will be moderated by AUSB trustee Lou Cannon and is sponsored by: Pacific Standard, Montecito Bank and Trust, SB League of Women Voters, AUSB Trustee Dee Dee Barrett, and AUSB Board Chair Vicki Riskin.
You can learn more about the event, read bios of the panelists, and RSVP at