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.

Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco

The Oct. 20-23 conference, “Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service,” will bring a diverse group of 80 high-achieving students to campus for four days of meetings, conversations and presentations.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington is hosting the conference, which was created by the Public Policy and International Affairs program in partnership with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

Immigrant rights activist Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco¬†will speak at 10 a.m. Friday at Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union on “Outmaneuvering the Giant: How One Undocumented Woman Revolutionized Immigration Reform.”

Richard Rothstein, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Whittenberger Auditorium on “The Roots of Our Racial Crises: How Our Government Segregated the Nation.” Both keynote lectures are free and open to the public.

Pacheco arrived in the U.S. in 1993 at the age of 8 from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The family arrived with tourist visas and was unable to secure legal resident status. She gained national recognition in 2004 for her advocacy of the DREAM Act and immigration reform.

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

She co-started a Florida-based group advocating for in-state tuition for undocumented students in 2005 and later worked for passage of the DREAM Act. As political director for the organization United We Dream, she spearheaded efforts that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which exempted immigrants who arrived as children from deportation.

In 2013, she became the first undocumented Latina to testify before Congress.

Rothstein is a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent work documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his Economic Policy Institute report “The Making of Ferguson.”

He is the author of “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right” and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.” His most recent book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” documents how federal, state and local governments imposed residential segregation through racial zoning, public housing that excluded mixed communities and subsidies for whites-only suburbs.

Conference participants will also explore IU and Bloomington, visit the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and take part in break-out sessions on health, education, crime and local government policy, international affairs, nonprofit organizations and other topics.

The conference receives support from¬†the IU Bloomington Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the lectures are co-sponsored by the provost’s office and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

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