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Our final Borders & Migrations Event will be on March 22 at noon in the library.  There will be a virtual option (see poster above).

        Dr. Richard Reitsma will  talk about drawing parallels about anti-LGBTQIA+ & Racial Culture Wars from Buffalo to Bratislava, mass shootings, and the Ukraine War and the violence at the US Southern Border.

        Kinny Torre will talk about the plight of LGBTQIA+ Russians stuck in immigration limbo in Guam.  And Dr. Mark Congdon will discuss the role of service learning for cross border resolution through virtual community engaged pedagogy to reimagine the classroom “borders” to work in solidarity, with international organizations and communities to advance social change efforts and initiatives.

        Specifically, I’ll be discussing how students in my strategic communication, PR, and advertising courses partner with US-El Salvador Sister Cities and CRIPDES, virtually, to help advance community organizing and activists’ efforts in rural communities in El Salvador. I’ll share reflections on what we’re learning and strategies faculty and universities could think about if they’re interested in collaborating with organizations and communities outside the US and how to redefine the “borders” of a classroom leveraging technology. 
        I hope you will join us.
Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, Faculty Associate Dean, Inclusion and Engagement; Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures