Contemporary Immigration Policy and Educational Practice

EMR 140 / EDU H517
Roberto Gonzales
T 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Today's immigration debates have brought to the fore conflicting visions regarding the place of immigrants in our society and educational systems. This course will examine legal and undocumented immigration from both community level and policy frames of understanding and interrogation. Students will start with the broad question of what Americans should do with the current immigration system--including the estimated 11.1 million people presently living in the United States in unauthorized residency status--and then take a deeper look at the ways in which U.S. laws and school experiences shape the everyday lives of immigrant children, adolescents, and young adults. Finally, students will explore the challenges educators face in working within the intersection of immigration policy and people's lives, and how this work shapes various possible roles as teachers, leaders, school policy-makers, advocates, and allies.