Kimberly Reyes represents National Forum at “My life as an undocumented immigrant: A policy perspective” presentation

Kimberly Reyes, Graduate Student Research Assistant, represented the National Forum at “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant: A Policy Perspective.”  The event took place on February 21st at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan.  “The presentation explored public policy related to undocumented immigrants, specifically with regard to the personal testimonies of immigrants, immigration policy reform, and university tuition policies for undocumented immigrant students,” says Reyes.

This event featured three presentations followed by a question-and-answer session.  The Coalition for Tuition Equality, the Ford School Current Events Club and the Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) co-sponsored the event.  Many students were in attendance, including leadership from the Social Work Allies for Immigration Reform (SWAIR).

National Forum researchers are seeing an increased awareness across the University of Michigan campus of the complex access issues faced by undocumented students.

“My presentation,” explains Reyes, “included the demographic portrait of undocumented students living in the United States, an overview of the current state policies regulating undocumented student access to higher and post-secondary education, and a brief summary of key findings from our report ‘Reconciling Federal, State and Institutional Policies Determining Educational Access for Undocumented Students: Implications for Professional Practice,’ a systematic nationwide examination of institutional policies targeting undocumented students.”

In addition to the experience of presenting at an event like this, Kimberly emphasized the importance of collaboration within the University of Michigan community.  “Presentations like these allow the National Forum to continue the work of building awareness and understanding of the issue, while also lending legitimacy to the partners in our network who are also invested in this work.”

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