(Aug. 20, 2014) -- The UTSA Mexico Center, in collaboration with the UTSA College of Public Policy and the St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice, will host a conference, "Central American Young Migrants and the Border Crisis: Causes and Response," on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to discuss the factors fueling the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America and the legal, policy and social responses to this humanitarian crisis.
The conference will be 8:30 a.m.-noon in Frio Street Building Room 1.402 on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at UTSA Lot D3, under Interstate 35.
Over the last 10 months, federal agents have apprehended more than 57,000 unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. Southwest border without legal documents. This has created an immigration and humanitarian crisis without precedent. What factors have given rise to this surge of youth migrants? What are the appropriate responses to this humanitarian crisis?
During the conference, Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy and a renowned scholar on Latino and social issues, will provide welcoming remarks and context for the day's two panel discussions.
The first panel discussion, "Why Youth Migration from Central America?," will draw from research by Harriett Romo, director of the UTSA Mexico Center and UTSA sociology professor; René Zenteno, demographer in the UTSA College of Public Policy; and Nestor Martinez, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Romo worked with Mexican families without documents necessary for legal U.S. residency and studied the experiences of DREAMers across the country. She will report some of the reasons those families migrated, the experiences of the children, and the situations of the DREAMERS and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Rodriguez has done extensive research on migrations from Guatemala. Zenteno has done demographic research on migration from Mexico and Central America, intensity of migration flows and deportations.
The second panel will analyze the legal, policy and social responses to the crisis. It includes representatives from some of the main organizations providing services to the youth.
The panel includes Jonathan Ryan from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES); Adriane Meneses from St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice; J. Antonio Fernandez from the Archdioceses of San Antonio Catholic Charities; James Castro from St. PJ's Children's Home; Anna Huth from Catholic Relief Services; and Elizabeth Pate from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. They will discuss programs and policies established to take care of the young migrants, as well as issues they face and policy or resource needs they see.
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.