Conference IV: The Dream and Its Cost

General Description

Austin Community College and St. Edward’s University announce the fourth annual Immigration, Education and Our Future Conference: The Dream and Its Cost. Based on requests from last year’s conference, participants will hear directly from undocumented students with reaction by legal counsel on immigration; and, obtain overall perspective on the influx of Mexican immigrants across our southern borders in context with how the US has handled past migration and immigration issues. The conference is more relevant today than ever before.

Conference Objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of

  • Undocumented immigrants, particularly college graduates, and loss-potential to the US and Texas.
  • Status report on the Dream ACT.
  • Report of proposed legislation impacting immigrants in Texas.
  • Presentation of content and information on the nature and context of immigration on Texas and the Southwest.


8:00 am Check-in & Morning Coffee

Legacy Award: Impact of HB 1403
Linda Christofilis, Chief of Staff, Retired, Office of Representative Rick Noriega, Texas House of Representatives, District 145 – Ms. Cristofilis’ efforts to research and craft legislation to open the doors of higher education speak to her unwavering support of countless children that still live in the shadows.

An Immigrant Youth Movement, Update and Future Prospects
Student Panel

Reaction Speaker: The Law and the Plight of the Undocumented
Thomas Esparza, Immigration Attorney, Austin, Texas

Migration of Mexican Citizens to the United States
Dr. Manuel Garcia y Griego, Associate Professor of History, Director Southwest Hispanic Research Institute – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Immigration to the United States: Does History Repeat Itself?
Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda, Professor of History and Chair, Mexican American Studies Department, Director, Latino/Latin American Cultural Center (El Centro)
Austin Community College District, Austin, TX

Q & A Session


Break-out, Interactive Sessions with Speakers

Overall Discussions & Wrap-up

Conference Ends

Conference Date/Time

Friday, March 4, 2011
8 am to 3 pm


Austin Community College
Highland Business Center, Room 201
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752

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