Georgetown University from April 6-12 held its third-annual UndocuWeek, which seeks to raise awareness of undocumented students’ experiences and prompt conversations about equitable access to education. This year’s events included sessions on how to be an ally to undocumented students, conditions within detention centers, and activist art; a Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church; and a screening of the documentary “Salud Sin Papeles,” The Hoya reports.
Organized by Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, UndocuWeek aims to “address broader immigration topics related to family separation, immigration detention, experiences across graduate levels, and political activism,” Arelis Palacios, associate director for undocumented student services in Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, told The Hoya.
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In hosting UndocuWeek, Hoyas for Immigrant Rights partnered with the Georgetown Scholars Program, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, The LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University College Democrats, GU Pride, the medical school, and other groups.
Georgetown launched its university-wide commitment to undocumented student resources in 2016. “As a university located in our nation’s capital and animated by our Catholic and Jesuit identity, we are called to support all of our students, including our undocumented students,” wrote Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. “These young women and men demonstrate an extraordinary passion to make America, and our increasingly interconnected world, a better place.”