Youth Build Immigrant Power! Fighting Language Oppression in Urban Public Schools

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: D2-13
Full Description: 

Recent immigration patterns have brought immigrant communities to all areas of the country. Instead of recognizing and leveraging our strengths as global citizens who are bilingual and bicultural, limited English speaking immigrant students live on the fringes of our public education’s promise of opportunity. We are separated from our English speaking peers through segregating class schedules, and our classrooms are physically isolating, often located in the far reaches and forgotten corners of the school. Educational resources and opportunities for advancement are often denied immigrant youth; some of the most vulnerable students in the country. Limited English speaking immigrant students often feel voiceless, invisible and demoralized.

Public school systems should not support a cycle of poverty and inequality, but should provide opportunities for all students to develop and thrive. This workshop will explore how grassroots student leaders at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates have vigorously fought to dismantle the many systems of oppression affecting immigrant youth by leading campaigns in their schools and district. Youth leaders will describe their incremental work to level the playing field for Asian and Latino immigrant youth in Oakland, California and provide tools and insights on how immigrant students around the country can demand educational equity and respect, regardless of their native language. The workshop will be led concurrently in Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin) and English to encourage full participation by young, low-income and immigrant leaders. Immigrant youth are especially encouraged to attend the workshop in aims of building a national dialogue around educational equity and justice.

Organizer Name: 
Melanie Tom
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
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