Journeys Home: Perspectives On Immigration

Journeys Home: Perspectives on Immigration

Wednesday June 7, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD IN THE HOLYOKE HERITAGE STATE PARK

This program is featured as part of National Immigrant Heritage Month, a calendar of events being held in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor.

This program will feature a panel of experts discussing modern-day immigration to the United States. Panelists include:

Eduardo Samaniego

Eduardo Samaniego is an undocumented immigrant, he has lived in the state of Georgia since coming to the United States. After graduating from High School with honors, in the top two percent of his class and as Student Body President of the second largest High School in Georgia he was still prohibited from even applying to college as result of his undocumented status, since then, he has organized and gone to jail protesting policy 4.1.6. which prohibits undocumented students in the State of Georgia from applying to certain colleges. He worked for the National Immigration Law Center in D.C. during the time of the 4-4 Supreme Court locked decision on DAPA and currently writes a column on Immigration/Education at the “Nuevo Georgia,” newspaper. In 2015 he was awarded a full ride scholarship to Hampshire College, where he is pursuing a concentration on Constitutional Law. More recently he was elected Student Trustee at Hampshire College and a Representative to the Five Colleges Consortium and starting tomorrow, Eduardo will start working at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in North Hampton.

Professor Raul Gutierrez

Raúl D. Gutiérrez has been a full-time faculty member at Holyoke Community College since 2013. He also is the Foreign Language Coordinator and the Community College Public Humanities Center (CCPHC) Coordinator at HCC. He teaches basic and advanced Spanish language courses including Spanish for Heritage Speakers.   In Spring 2017, he will be teaching the first Introduction to Latin@ Studies at HCC. Raúl has conducted research on how to include community service in intermediate foreign language classes through the Service Learning program at HCC. His areas of interest include community engagement in the academic setting and contemporary Latin American and Latino literature and film. He is especially interested in the cultural and artistic production in the Mexico-U.S. border. He is the advisor of the LISA Club (Latino International Student Association). He holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is completing a dissertation on border studies and literature.

Attorney Megan Kludt

Megan Kludt specializes in complex immigration cases in the areas of business, academia, scientific research, and the arts. She also is an expert in client representation at USCIS interviews and in the Immigration Courts in Boston and Hartford. She has given presentations at academic institutions and spoken at local panels, and has co-authored an article on federal litigation in the context of DOL labor certification. Ms. Kludt is a member of the AILA National Board of Publications Committee for their 2014-2015 term. In August 2014 and April 2015, she was selected by AILA to provide emergency legal aid to children at the U.S./Mexico border, and in 2016, was honored as one of AILA New England’s Pro Bono Champions. In addition to the Northampton office, Ms. Kludt manages Curran & Berger’s satellite location in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Kludt holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of International Relations from Boston University, and a JD with an international concentration from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the state bars of Massachusetts, Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the state of Massachusetts. Ms. Kludt is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.