Social Justice Summit Focuses on Undocumented Youth - Humboldt State Now

Social Justice Summit Focuses on Undocumented Youth

Humboldt State University’s 18th annual Social Justice Summit on Mar. 2 and 3 will center on undocumented immigrant youth. The theme is “Education, not Deportation.”

National commentator and Latino advocate Robert Novato and L.A. rapper/activist David ‘Olmeca’ Barragán will headline the annual event on the Arcata campus.

Participants will include Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), founded in 2006 to assist undocumented students with college and careers; and Dreamers Adrift, an advocacy group that seeks to place undocumented youth on a conditional six-year path to citizenship.

The Social Justice Summit will start on Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. with the screening of “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” in the Kate Buchanan Room at University Center. The Dreamers Adrift presentation will follow.

Lovato, whose commentaries have appeared in Mother Jones, The New York Times and Le Monde Diplomatique, will deliver the keynote at 9 a.m., Saturday, in the Kate Buchanan Room. His presentation will be followed by concurrent workshop sessions and a closing panel that will fill out the day. Workshops will address U.S.-Mexico border issues, reproductive health care for undocumented individuals, support services for the undocumented, the psychology of white privilege and the Latinization of America, among others.

Olmeca, the hip-hop artist and song lyricist, will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday evening, in the Kate Buchanan Room, followed by a DJ and dancing in a “Cultural Cacophony.”

The registration fee for non-students is $25.00. Details and a complete schedule of events are posted at

Further information is available from 2012 summit coordinators Xuan Bernal ( and Melissa Estrada ( or dial the HSU MultiCultural Center during regular business hours at 707/826-3367.