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Our Tacoma Story: Education, Advocacy and Building Communities

May 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

DAY 1 – Thursday, May 2nd

9am – 1pm William Philip Hall Immigration legal clinic- open to campus and community

12:30-1:30pm Film Screening KEY 102 Dr. Sonia De La Cruz, “Sad Happiness: Cynthya’s Transborder Journey”

3:30-4:30pm Flm Screening KEY 102 Long Tran, student thesis “Subtle Asian Traits”


Also featured in William Philip Hall from 9am – 1pm:

  • Art exhibition
  • Information fair – local community organizations invited include:

Tacoma community house, Northwest Immigrant Rights, International Rescue

Committee, Northwest Justice, Refugee Women’s Alliance, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo


DAY 2 – Friday, May 3rd

ALL DAY – Art exhibition and information fair

9:30 am: Welcome – Chancellor Mark Pagano, Dr. Danica Miller, and student organizers

10 -11 am – Immigration in WA State:

Panel featuring Washington State lawmakers including Justice Steven Gonzalez & Senator Clare Wilson

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Immigration to the U.S.: Myths and Realities

Panel addressing common misconceptions surrounding undocumented immigrants and their interactions with the law, presented by experts with local immigration support organizations

12:15 pm -1 pm: LUNCH BREAK

1pm – 2:30 pm: Student Panel: The Immigration Experience at the University of Washington Tacoma

UWT student panelists will share their experiences with immigration from a variety of perspectives

2:45 – 3:45 pm: Faculty Research Presentation

Drs. Ariana Ochoa-Camacho, Vanessa deVeritch Woodside, Rachel Hershberg and Rubén Casas will share their research on immigrant experiences

4 – 5pm: Student Debate

Discussion of the use of language in debates over immigration and its significance and impacts, featuring UWT student debaters

5:30-6:30pm Keynote Speaker: Ian Haney López

n this lecture, Professor Ian Haney López uses photos, graphs, and videos to explore how politicians have exploited racial pandering to build resentment toward government, fooling voters into supporting policies that favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else. Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Haney López puts the use of race in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign into a larger historical context, and asks how we can build social solidarity across racial and party lines and rekindle wide support for government that actually supports labor and helps people.
Ian Haney López is the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. He recently co-founded the race-class narrative project, exploring how to defeat dog whistle politics in order to build cross-racial support for racial justice and shared economic prosperity. He also co-chaired the AFL-CIO’s recent Advisory Council on Racial and Economic Justice. Haney López is the author of Dog Whistle Politics and two other books, plus the editor of two anthologies, and has been a visiting law professor at Harvard, NYU, Yale, and Stanford. His most recent book is Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (Fall 2019).


May 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am
May 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm




University of Washington Tacoma, William Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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