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Panel Discusses Latinx Community’s Successes, Challenges

Vanessa Gonzalez, diversity fellow with UMB’s Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives, facilitated a panel discussion with members of the Latinx community from Baltimore businesses and art- and community-based organizations Sept. 29 at the SMC Campus Center.

The discussion, titled “Adelante: Baltimore’s Booming Latinx Community,” covered the work and successes occurring in the Latinx community, difficulties the community has faced in Baltimore, and how to be an ally to the community, specifically those who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients or undocumented.

The panel started with a discussion of the Latinx community and stereotypes. The panel members agreed on the importance of recognizing that there is no one color or type of person who fits the definition of Latinx. Panel members Gustavo Minaya and Jesus Perez expressed the importance of understanding that members of the Latinx community are at different stages of documentation and, no matter their stage, they are contributing to society.

The discussion moved on to the work and successes the panel has seen in the Latinx community. Panel member Valeria Puentes discussed her work in organizing the SOMOS Latinx Art and Culture Festival last April and how it allowed for connections to be made throughout the city and provided a missing space for the community. The discussion also covered the role of CASA de Maryland in the community as well as the Esperanza Center, southeast high school Latinx groups, and Centro SOL.

Finally, the panel closed with how to be an ally for the Latinx community, specifically DACA recipients or undocumented. The panel recommended talking and working with members and organizations in the community to see what needs must be addressed and where your efforts would be most appreciated.

  
Elizabeth Gosselin University LifeOctober 12, 20170 comments
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DACA Support

In response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was being rescinded, Campus Life Services organized listening sessions to solicit feedback regarding how to move forward as a University community to support individuals who are affected directly or indirectly by this announcement. The feedback, compassion, and support toward DACA students and their families expressed in those listening sessions was palpable.

A number of excellent suggestions were provided as a result through those listening sessions. A DACA resources page is available here. Please review the information there to learn how to find help and how to get involved. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. University President Jay A. Perman, MD, has expressed his support for DACA students and their families.

Also be aware of several events:
• The Carey School of Law’s Immigration Clinic will provide free, confidential legal services to UMB students, faculty, staff, and family members for DACA renewals on Monday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. Register here. Individuals who currently have work authorization pursuant to the DACA program that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, may apply to renew their DACA work authorization. The deadline for filing the renewal application is Oct. 5, 2017.

Organizing for DREAMers will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center Green Room. It will include both bystander and know-your-rights information, presented by CASA.

• The UMB Student Counseling Center stands ready to assist any student who is experiencing distress. Counseling services are free, and information will not be shared with anyone without your written permission. Health Sciences and Human Services Library, 4th floor, Suite 440. 410-328-8404. Contact person: Emilia K. Petrillo

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 21, 20170 comments
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