A Dream Denied? The Immigrant Experience in the Campus Community

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The Cal Alumni Association presents our first CALIFORNIA Live! event of 2017 — an exciting panel discussion, “A Dream Denied? The Immigrant Experience in the Campus Community”.

The United States government is promising massive immigration reform. What shape it will take is still unclear, but if the Trump administration makes good on its campaign promises, comprehensive immigration reform could include everything from a wall along the Mexican border to the deportation of thousands of immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented—even those who have been born and raised in the United States and who attend public universities such as UC Berkeley.

Our panel of experts discussed what our students can do to protect themselves during these particularly turbulent times, and what the University and we as alumni can do to support the most vulnerable members of our community. Our panel will feature:


imageDiane Dwyer ’87
Veteran Bay Area journalist

Diane Dwyer is a two-time Emmy award-winning journalist, a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the owner of Dwyer Media Consulting. She has worked in television journalism in the Bay Area for 25 years, and has received awards from the New York Film Festival, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Diane started her own business providing marketing and media consulting to clients in a variety of fields ranging from pet retailers to nanotechnology. In addition, she serves as emcee, auctioneer, and advisor for more than two dozen nonprofits.


imageRobert D. Haas ’64
Chairman-Emeritus, Levi Strauss & Co.

Bob Haas is the Chairman Emeritus of Levi Strauss & Co. He joined LS&Co. in 1973 and has held a variety of positions, including CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bob is an active supporter of Cal, and has endowed the Haas Scholars Program to fund research and creative projects for 20 undergraduate seniors at UC Berkeley annually. He received the Chancellor’s Award in 2007 and was named Berkeley’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009.

imageSaira Hussain ’09, J.D. ’13
Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus

Saira Hussain is a staff attorney with the Criminal Justice Reform program at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Her work focuses on disentangling federal immigration enforcement from local law enforcement through policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition-building. She also tracks and addresses violations of the TRUST and TRUTH Acts, California laws that place limitations on local law enforcement’s interactions with Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Saira began working with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus as a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow in the Immigrant Rights’ Program, where she focused on representation of immigrants in deportation proceedings. Saira received her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

imageMeng L. So ’10, M.A.
Director, Undocumented Student Program

Meng So graduated from UC Berkeley as a first-generation refugee. He now serves as founder and director of the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, where he coordinates efforts to respond to the needs of first-generation, low-income, undocumented students. The program has quickly been recognized as one that embodies best practices of support, which are being replicated at universities nationwide. Meng serves on the University of California Presidential Task Force on Undocumented Students and the Leadership Board of Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC).He is a Rockwood Immigrants Rights Fellow for New California, and lends his voice to national efforts to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

imageSeth Grossman
Chief of Staff to University of California President Janet Napolitano

Seth Grossman previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Obama Administration. At DHS, Grossman oversaw all significant litigation at the department, supervised the DHS regulatory program, and served as a top advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related to immigration, civil rights and civil liberties, and privacy, among other issues. While at DHS, Seth served as co-lead for the department on the development of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and comprehensive immigration reform in 2012–13. Grossman currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the President of the University of California. He clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Grossman received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow.

imageValeska Castaneda-Puerto ’16
Program Manager, Student Support, Cal Alumni Association

Valeska is a queer Xicana immigrant who came to the United States under asylum as a child. She is a single mother and came to Cal as a first-generation underrepresented junior transfer. Valeska received her B.A. in American studies with a concentration in race, class, gender, and immigration policy, and was a Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award scholar. While a student at Cal, Valeska organized A Trail for Humanity, which raised awareness about violence occurring along the U.S.–Mexico border against undocumented migrants.


What is CALIFORNIA Live! ?
The CALIFORNIA Live! lecture series brings innovative ideas emanating from UC Berkeley and featured in California magazine to venues near you. The series explores everything from politics to diversity; from technology to popular culture. Come hear Berkeley’s finest minds discuss today’s important issues, then join the conversation.
Will you be able to accommodate walk-ups the night of the event?
We anticipate being able to accept a very small number of walk-ups on the night of the event. We will accommodate on a first come, first served basis.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Please bring your photo ID if you plan on enjoying alcoholic beverages. There are no age restrictions for this event.
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No. We will have your name on a registration list at the event.
What is the refund policy?
We are able to accommodate refunds through Saturday, April 8, 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds after that date.
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