Immigrant rights activist: People ‘have a voice, and it’s powerful’

Politicians and organizations may claim credit, but real social change results from the determined work of ordinary people, immigrant rights activist Gaby Pacheco told a student audience at Indiana University Bloomington today. “We need to put the communities who are being affected by the issues at the forefront,” she said. “They have a voice, and […]

Immigrant rights activist, scholar of segregation to speak at IU Bloomington

A nationally recognized immigrant rights leader and a scholar who specializes in studying racial segregation in education and housing will present public keynote lectures this week at a national public service conference for college students taking place at Indiana University Bloomington. The Oct. 20-23 conference, “Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service,” […]

Supreme Court immigration decision: No precedent but a setback for immigrants

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre On June 23, a 4-4 split Supreme Court reaffirmed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in United States v. Texas No. 15-674. The ruling upheld an injunction against President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. DAPA would allow unauthorized immigrants who are the […]

IU panel: Divided Supreme Court complicates predictions

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Many law and political science professors who follow the Supreme Court will playfully, but often seriously, gamble on decision outcomes. They bet on who will vote which way, what the dissent will argue and any other part of an anticipated decision. But with a split court, both the […]

Sociologist makes the case for open borders

Politicians may be talking about building walls and turning away migrants, but a group of academics and activists hope to eventually take the debate in the opposite direction – to a campaign for giving people the freedom to move without restriction across international boundaries. The group, which includes Indiana University sociologist Fabio Rojas, has organized […]

Labor Activist, Ai Jen Poo: “We have the opportunity to choose life and love.”

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Fifty years after passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, the debate surrounding immigration, domestic workers and elder care remains contentious and colored by issues of race and class. Labor activist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Ai-Jen Poo recently spoke at Indiana University Bloomington about the complexity of the immigration […]

IU STEPS program recognized by White House initiative

STEPS, an Indiana University program that prepares students to provide speech-language services to Latino children and their families, has been recognized by the White House as one of the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education that are helping ensure educational attainment by the Hispanic community. STEPS, which stands for Speech Therapy Education, Practicum and Services for […]

The college information gap: Universities miss out on talented Latino students

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After Indiana University celebrated an August enrollment that broke academic and diversity records, one professor argues that the college information gap still leaves entire groups of high school students behind. Sylvia Martínez, associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the IU School of Education, […]

Labor and civil rights leaders coming to IU Bloomington for Themester

Labor Day is a good time to take note of a blockbuster lineup of speakers from the organized labor and civil rights movements coming to IU Bloomington for the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2015 Themester, titled “@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” They include Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and […]

IU physician to speak Thursday on treatment policy for undocumented patients

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Few topics have been so politically divisive in recent years as health care and immigration reform. Dr. Brian Decker is working to reframe the debate around treating undocumented patients as a discussion of ethical principles. This Thursday, as a part of the IU Poynter Center’s Healthcare […]