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Washburn University Invites the Community to Building Bridges: A Discussion on Immigration

04/18/17 04:04 pm CDT
"HALO members want to help effect a positive change in our community about the perception of immigration and race."

Topeka, Kan. - A panel comprised of members from across Washburn University and Topeka will come together Monday, April 24 to discuss immigration in the United States. The event is sponsored by the Washburn University chapter of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) and the Washburn University Office of University Diversity and Inclusion. The event is free and open to the public.


Date: Monday, April 24

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the campus of Washburn University


Immigration has been frequently and widely debated since the 2016 presidential election, in part as a result of actions by the new administration. That discussion has become part of the reality for some of the family and friends of Washburn HALO members.


“Hispanic students both immigrants – legal or non-documented – and natural born citizens often face some sort of discrimination. Some of the most visible have been DACA students but we’ve seen it throughout our community,” said Crystal Huereca-Retana, president of the Washburn HALO chapter. “HALO members want to help effect a positive change in our community about the perception of immigration and race.”

“We feel now is a good time to start this conversation, to help support our members and help other diverse communities also facing issues around immigration.”


Panelists include Lalo Munoz, executive director of El Centro of Topeka, Frank Gomez, Washburn University police officer, Crystal Huereca-Retana, Ali Khan, Washburn University School of Law professor, Raymond Rico, immigration attorney, and Dr. Bassima Schbley, Washburn University professor.


“We asked these panelists to join us because they are very knowledgeable about immigration in Topeka, the U.S, and globally,” said Huereca-Retana.


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