Immigration Enforcement, Human Rights, and Social Justice

3.0 CE | Workshop

Immigration policy in the U.S. has community and personal impact with sweeping national controversy, unnecessary disease and deaths, and important questions about social justice. This presentation will review the work done by students in a week-long virtual, undergraduate “Immigration Enforcement, Human Rights, and Social Justice” class taught during December 2020. The course was an interdisciplinary academic-community collaboration that concentrated on undocumented immigrants and the public policy strategy of enforcement for undocumented immigrants at the border and in the interior of the U.S. The course was interactive, with hands-on components, and with interdisciplinary expert guest speakers, including lawyers, community advocates, and impacted individuals. As a final assignment in the class, students created a digital story about the story of an immigrant they interviewed during the week. Through a series of workshops within the course, students learned about the practice of testimonio as a genre that “speaks truth to power.” Testimonio is anchored in Latinx critical race theory (LatCrit). Students developed video production and storytelling skills in the context of challenging the dominant narratives that normalize and dismiss the systemic oppression experienced by Latinx immigrants. In the context of a predominately White institution (PWI), such as the one where our course was taught, the integration of digital testimonio in teaching is one way to bring light to the rhetorical, oral, and aural traditions of communities of color, and simultaneously a way to expose students to experiences that inform their role as allies. During this NLPA workshop, attendees will learn (a) about the use of documentary making in community engaged teaching as a way to raise awareness, educate, and engage various stakeholders, and (b) some of the skills taught to students during the course so that they can later use some of these techniques in their own teaching.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of documentary making as a theoretically grounded mode of research that includes ethics and theory regarding interactions with and representations of various community members who participate in students’ work.
2. Learn basic techniques to produce or guide students in producing high-quality documentary work, with special attention to the representation of marginalized communities.
3. Learn the fundamentals of leading a session focused on critiquing and discussing films representing marginalized communities.
4. Demonstrate growing ability to make informed decisions about representational and ethical matters regarding the participants of their and their students’ documentary work, as they show in-depth understanding of the intricacies of collaboration and self-awareness and reflection with respect to documentary work.
5. Increase their cross-cultural fluency in a variety of different cultural settings.

Program Type
Standard D.1.3.
Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

Julia Roncoroni, University of Denver
Bryan Ovidio Rojas-Arauz, Reaching HOPE
Delio Figueroa, unaffiliated

Continuing Education
3.0 CE

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