Wednesday, May 22, 2013


BSLUGS host an evening for alumni in West Newton

Join the BSLUGS for a fabulous talk, interesting discussion with fellow UCSC alums, and a delicious light dinner prepared by chef extraordinaire and our host, Mary Jane Suzman.

When Do Papers Matter?

Latin American and Latino Studies professor Shannon Gleeson on:

Examining Undocumented Life in the United States:
Challenges Facing Undocumented Students as They Transition to Higher Education and the Workforce

WHEN: Friday, May 31
WHERE: at the home of Mary Jane and Peter Suzman
14 Leonard Ave., West Newton, MA

6:30 p.m. dinner | 7:45 p.m. talk begins

RSVP to Beata Panagopoulos by Sunday, May 24
Cost: $8 by check
payable to "Boston Chapter"
c/o Beata Panagopoulos
28 Maple Ave., Apt. 3
Cambridge, MA 02139

Even as K-12 schools track and stratify students in the United States, they also foster a culture of meritocracy between documented and undocumented youth, thanks to the 1982 Supreme Court ruling Plyler v. Doe which made a public school education available for all students regardless of legal status. Consequently, unlike undocumented workers whose unauthorized status breeds workplace exploitation, undocumented students in the U.S. come to understand their legal status as irrelevant, that is until they graduate high school and attempt to navigate the roadblocks to higher education and the workforce. Prof. Gleeson examines how undocumented students deal with this jarring new reality, and discusses the promise and limitations of Obama's recent DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy, the importance of California's AB540 and AB130/131, and the continued need for Congress to pass the DREAM Act and a comprehensive path to legalization.

Shannon Gleeson is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the workplace experiences of immigrants and the role of documentation status. Her book, "Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston," was published in 2012 by Cornell University.
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