2013 Annual Fall Diversity Conference




Whose American Dream? 

Keynote Speaker: 

Edward Schumacher-Matos, Director of the Harvard University Migration and Integration Research Program. 

Edward Schumacher-Matos is the Ombudsman of NPR and the James Madison Visiting Professor at Columbia Journalism School. He also is a member of the Harvard University Population and Development Center, where he helps direct its migration studies program. 

Professor Schumacher-Matos has had a distinguished and unique career as an academic and a journalist. he has been a weekly columnist for the The Washington Post, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Americas, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also founded the Rumbochain of Spanish-language daily newspapers in Texas - in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley. 

His Washington Post column focused on immigration, Latino and Latin American issues, longtime pursuits of Prof. Schumacher-Matos. He wrote the column while at Harvard for nearly four years. There, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at the Kennedy School of Government; a Shorenstein Fellow on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; and director of the Migration and Integration Studies Program at the Population Center. 

Respect for his sense of fairness, ethics, and professionalism is such that he was asked this summer by NPR to be its Ombudsman. By contract, has total independence in that role and investigates public and political complaints about standards or bias in any of its coverage. The goal is to maintain both public trust and NPR's high journalistic standards. He publishes all his findings, as well as is interviewed frequently on the radio. 

Prof. Schumacher-Matos is a board member of IE University Graduate School of Business in Madrid and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. He also is active in the Council on Foreign Relations, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and the Inter American Press Association. 

He has written for Foreign Affairs and other magazines, edited a book on US-Spain relations, published chapters in many books, and appeared frequently on television. He was a Fulbright fellow in Japan and a Binational Commission fellow in Spain. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MA from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He emigrated from Colombia as a child and is a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served as a lieutenant on a province advisory team. 

The Conference will open on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:00p.m. at the WSU Davis Campus, in the new Building 3. 

6:00 - 6:30p.m. - Opening Social and Food 

6:30 - 6:40p.m. - Welcome Remarks 

6:40 - 7:15p.m. - Film Introduction and Showing - "The Dream is Now" 

7:15 - 7:50p.m. - Facilitated Discussion Following Film with Dr. Pepper Glass

7:50 - 8:00p.m. - Brief Remarks from Edward Schumacher-Matos (the Conference Keynote Speaker) 

8:00 - 8:05p.m. - Review of the Next Day's Schedule 

8:05p.m. - End of Thursday Evening Session 

The all-day conference will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:30a.m. at the WSU Ogden Campus in the Union Building. 

8:30 - 9:20a.m. -Welcome by President Charles Wight, and Introduction to Keynote Speaker by Convocation Students. Keynote Address by Edward Schumacher-Matos

Breakout Session 1 9:30a.m. - 10:20a.m. 

  • Dispelling the Myths: What's Your Immigration IQ? (Immigration Quotient)? Shepherd Union Room 305 

    Co-facilitated by Nick Berg, WSU Student, and Barry Gomberg, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

    Student Panelists: Christa Boyd; Aulola (Lola) Moli; Alonso Reyna; Natalia Munoz; and Stephanie Quinn. 

    Immigration is an issue that often sparks boisterous arguments and is fed on claims that may bear little resemblance to reality and are sometimes wildly inaccurate. The mass public media often perpetuate the mythology related to the issue, heightening the pitch of the discourse while degrading its quality. This workshop will engage participants in an informed dialogue, regarding major themes associated with immigration.  The discussion will be facilitated by a diverse panel of students with relevant personal experiences. Come raise your IQ.

  • Why Don't "Illegal Aliens" Come Legally?  Shepherd Union Room 316 

    Facilitated by Eulogio Alejandre, MS.  Presentation by Mark Alvarez, JD. 
  • In general, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For petition information visit the USCIS website. Participants will learn about the different processes for the major immigrant categories. 

  • Key Issues in Global Migration Shepherd Union 321  

Facilitated by Dr. Alicia Giralt, Professor of Foreign Languages; with Dr. Electra Fielding, Professor of Foreign Languages; Dr. Stephanie Wolfe, Professor of Political Science; and Debi Sheridan, Instructor of English

Immigration is a worldwide multi-layered issue, with over 214 million people recognized as immigrants. Economic, social and political concerns provide opportunities for growth in welcoming communities, while they may also create frictions with natives. This phenomenon affects not only the countries that receive the new residents, but also the ones that see them go.  Countries that lose their citizens suffer from "brain drain," but might benefit from remittances.  Attendees will learn about some global immigration patterns and the issues that countries such as Spain, United Kingdom and Turkey are experiencing with the influx of new residents

Breakout Session 2 10:30a.m. - 11:20a.m. 

  • A Native View on Immigration Shepherd Union 305 

    Facilitated by Theresa Holt, WSU Student. Presentation by Lacee Harris, LCSW, Ute Spiritual Leader

    Lacee Harris will provide a historical perspective of Natives during early immigration to the present day. The audience during this workshop will learn about what it is like today to watch the nation handle the current immigration issue and treat the land as if it belongs to citizens of actual “unwelcomed/illegal” immigrants without the consideration of the actual Natives.

  • The Economic Impact of Immigration Shepherd Union 316 

    Facilitated by Carey Anson, Student Affairs Technology Coordinator;  with Bill Cook, Executive Director of Ogden City Council; Dr. Ashok Challa, Sr. Device Engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor; and Dr. Cliff Nowell, Associate Dean of the Goddard School of Business & Economics

    This panel discussion will reflect various perspectives regarding the socio-economic effect of immigration.  Participants will have an opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion on micro and macro effects of immigration and its costs in terms of business/employment, education, technology advancement and cultural diversity. 

  • Those Left Behind Shepherd Union 321 

Presentation by Paul Schvaneveldt, PhD, CFLE, Professor of Child and Family Studies. 

This workshop focuses on family members who remain behind when a parent, partner, or other member of the family emigrates outside of their country of origin.  The presentation will review major issues facing those who remain behind which include role ambiguity, loss of love and connection with the absent family member, and economic hardships.  Policy implications will be discussed including protection of workers who are not legal residents and visitation issues with families who remain behind.

Breakout Session 3 11:30a.m. - 12:20p.m. 

  • Impact of Immigration on Education Shepherd Union 305 

    Facilitated by Dr. Anette Melvin, Professor of Teacher Education; with Dr. David Byrd, Professor of Teacher Education; Dr. Patrick Leythem; and Luis Lopez, Coordinator of the Community Education Center.

    Without question, the impact of immigration on this country’s education system has been enormous. In fact, it is estimated that children of immigrants represent about 25 percent of all U.S. children and are projected to make up about one-third of the more than 100 million U.S. children by 2050 (Tienda & Haskins, 2011).  Unfortunately, xenophobic rhetoric often portrays “immigrants and their children as a national economic crisis and a burgeoning threat to national security.”  Nonetheless, the myriad immigrant groups represented in public schools, including higher education, often lead to confusion, frustration, apathy, or simply helplessness. Given that education is one way to opportunity, it is vital to make sure that the children of immigrants in particular, are educated and able to reach their goals. This panel seeks to address the impact of immigration on America’s education system.  Topics will include, but not limited to, cultural competence, English Language Learner (ELL), teacher preparation, and ways to ensure a quality education for all students.

  • The Dreamers Shepherd Union 316 

    Facilitated by Dr. Pepper Glass, Professor of Sociology; with Jessica Carlson; Eucebio Echeveste; Camila Ibanez; Adriana Rodriguez; Angelica Rodriguez; and Lauren Ruiz, all from the Salt Lake Dream Team

    “The Dream Act” is a federal law first proposed in 2001 by Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch, as well as various versions of the law proposed and enacted in many states. It extends rights and benefits to young immigrants without documentation who entered the United States as children, typically with their parents. The Dreamer movement, named after the law, pushes for reform to immigration law. Activists in the movement, or “Dreamers” in the “Dream Team,” incorporate practices from previous civil rights movements – such as strategies of “coming out,” a protest bus tour, and strategic arrests. Dreamers will discuss who they are, what they want to accomplish, and how they are attempting to accomplish it. 

  • Refugees and Immigration Shepherd Union 321

    Facilitated by Paul Schvaneveldt, PhD, CFLE, Professor of Child and Family Studies .Presentation by Dr. Neal Nguyen, Professor of Child and Family Studies and Gerald Brown, Director of Refugee Services, State of Utah

    This workshop will feature presentations by Dr. Neal Nguyen, Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies; and Gerald Brown, Director of Refugee Services Office for the State of Utah.  Dr. Nguyen will discuss his personal experiences as an immigrant to the United States and as a refugee from the Vietnam conflict.  Gerald Brown will discuss the refugee populations in Utah and services and support offered to individuals and families through the Utah Refugee Services Office.  

Closing Session 12:30 - 1:30p.m. 


  • Migration Histories - Total Recall or Selective Amnesia? The Uses and Abuses of History in the Immigration Discussion."  Student Union Ballroom A 

     Facilitated by Omar Guevara, Director of Forensics and Instructor of Communication; with Israel Pastrana, PhD student at University of California, San Diego – Chicano Studies; Chris Newman, JD, Lead Council for the Nation’s Day Laborer Organizing Network; and Dr. Janine Joseph, Professor of English

We will explore the role of memory in public deliberations about immigration policy: what is recalled, what is forgotten, and what is remembered, but distorted. Our panelists will explore their fields of expertise - law, history, and poetry - in an attempt to provide compelling examples for discussion.  Panelists will each be given a ten minute speaking window to present their thoughts and afterwards there will be a twenty minute Q&A session with the audience.

Food in the back! 




For more information on the Annual Diversity Conference, please contact:

Adrienne Andrews at: Office phone #: (801) 626-7243   adrienneandrews@weber.edu 

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