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UndocuQueer Conference

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Continental Breakfast/Check In: 9:00am-9:30am
Student Union Building

Welcome: 9:30am-9:35am
Student Union Building

Session 1: 9:40am-10:30am

Know Your Rights
Brenda Rodriguez Lopez
Student Union Building

Join the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network in this workshop to learn about the constitutional rights immigrants have in this country, how Immigration Custom and Enforcement (ICE) is operating in Eastern WA, and what you can do to fight back.

The Intersections of LGBTQ+ and Ability in Higher Education
Amber Rae Graham
Floyd 131

The intersection of LGBTQ+ identities with other social identities are intricate to understanding the development of a person. Currently there is a lack of research examining the intersections of LGBTQ+ and disability. This presentation will focus on this intersection of these identities with a focus on the history of both the LGBTQ+ & disability rights movement in Higher Education, understand current issues affecting intersecting identities of ability and LGBTQ+ identities, and recognize the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ and physical or mental disabilities. 

Black Asexual Invisibility in Cinema
Terlona Knife
Floyd 133

The stereotype of Asexual Black people which Patricia Hill Collins addresses of the Mammie outlines how darker and fatter Black women were taken advantage of and were sexually erased. The production of Black Asexual women in media by white producers will be investigated. Additionally, the erasure of Black Asexual women's own autonomy will be unpacked, in relation to the invisibility of self-identified Asexual Black people in the current moment.

Session 2: 10:40am-11:30am

Empowerment and Creative Expression
Maria de Jesus Zuniga
Floyd 131

Creative writing and artistic expression are powerful tools of empowerment, especially in marginalized communities, giving voice to those who often feel voiceless. Join us for an interactive, creative workshop that explores how art can create a rare space for undocumented and LGBTQ+ communities to speak out about their experiences.

Immigration 101
Courtney LaFranchi
Floyd 133

This presentation is on the basics of immigration law, including terminology and forms of immigration relief, as well as the general procedural structure of deportation. This presentation will also include some tips for dealing with immigration enforcement and asserting your rights in the context of an immigration encounter.

 Grab Lunch: 11:30am-12:00pm

Student Union Building


Keynote Speaker: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Student Union Building

Session 3: 1:10pm-2:00pm

How to Build Undocumented Activist Group on Campus
Crimson Group
Floyd 131

Learn the history of Crimson Group, how we learned to organize on a campus and state level, and the steps we took to overcome the challenges we faced.

Navigating Nepantla: Queer Xican@ Theology
Alejandrx Martinez
Floyd 133

This workshop will introduce the theory of Nepantla, its relationship to Queer Xicanx resistance against imperial White Supremacy and Nepantla in Queer cultural production. As well as offering mediums for self discovery in how Nepantla works in ones own experiences leading to discovery of what it means for one to grow with and out of different life periods of Nepantla states. How to work in our Nepantla states to find ourselves outside of our colonial lens. This workshop will also touch base on machismo y homophobia in Xicanx communities and how colonial sexism and homophobia work as communal Nepantla.

 Structured Networking: 2:10pm-3:00pm

Student Union Building

Session 4: 3:10pm-4:00pm

Art, Expression, and Gender
Ray Lechelt
Student Union

A look into the art history of queer and Latinx artists, and at contemporary artists who are challenging the status quo of the art world through their work. Art project at the end to start thinking about how we can express important issues visually.

The Undocumented Reality: Hiding in Plain Sight
Maria de Jesus Zuniga
Floyd 131

The facilitators will give a brief presentation of AAPI undocumented people and how educators/peers can better support these students. The facilitator will encourage conversation/brainstorming a plan of action to support this community.

Institutions Working With and For Undocumented Students
Marcela Pattinson and Magdalena Fonseca
Floyd 133

As educators and professionals, the need is more urgent than ever to seek out advanced understanding of educational law, higher education law and its impact on school policy in order to build effective best practices. We need to be able to build a strong foundation across Washington State that will allow us to work and support each in our goal for equity in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments at the end. If time allows, participants will brainstorm and share ideas with the group on particular tools that can help advisors, faculty and administrators to work and support with undocumented students and share experiences that they might have already experienced in their current job.