Arcadia University Hosts Panel Discussion: ‘Living theDream’: Understanding Deferred Action, the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform, February 28

Glenside, PA—February 12, 2013—Arcadia University will host a panel discussion ‘Living the DREAM,’ Understanding Deferred Action, the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform, Thursday, February 28 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Commons Great Room.  Arcadia is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.

Each year 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the country and only 5 percent of them go onto college to earn a degree. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act--now known as the Dream Act— would allow approximately 360,000 students the legal means to work and study in the United States, if passed.

“This is not only an immigration issue,” says Assistant Professor of Education Smita Mathur at Arcadia University. “It’s an issue related to education, social justice, equity and fairness, politics, criminal justice, international relations, moral imperatives, and economics considerations are all intertwined in complex layers that need to be discussed and highlighted.”

By increasing awareness and understanding of issues related to theDREAM Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and immigration reform, the hope is to empower DREAMers and develop a community for future action and organization.

Panelists include: Wendy Castor Hess, Esq., Immigration Attorney and Co-chair PBA Immigration Law Committee, Mayra Hidalgo, Florida Immigrant Coalition and United We DREAM, Erika Nunez,DREAM Activist from Mexico, and part of DreamActivist Pennsylvania, and Arcadia University Assistant Professor of International Studies, Dr. Hilary P. Dick.

The event is supported by Arcadia University’s School of Education; Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; Offices of Institutional Diversity, Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Studies, the Department of International Studies; Black Male Development Symposium; Latino Association; and the Immigration Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2012 Open Doors report names Arcadia University #1 in the nation in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program fourteenth in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. (

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